When it’s 2am, they’re screaming and you’ve had no sleep - things look pretty bleak. But it will be morning soon, and everything will look better in the daylight, especially when following advice from Tommee Tippee...
We know all you really want is a full night’s sleep, but that’s not likely to happen in the first weeks. In the meantime, check out these practical ideas and products for night-time survival - hopefully they’ll brighten up a few of your darkest night-time moments.
THEY DON'T KNOW IT'S NIGHT!
Newborn babies don’t know the difference between night and day. If your little one sleeps all day and is up all night, you could try feeding and playing with them in a brightly-lit room during the day, then keeping the room really dark at night, with as little interaction and stimulus as possible. This usually does the trick.
Use your day-time brain to prepare for night-time
Use the last of your day-time brainpower to do tasks that require concentration, like counting out scoops of formula (you'll need dispensers). Unless you can see in the dark, you can also use your day-time brain to reduce night-time searching by stacking nappies, wipes, muslin cloths and spare clothes next to your bed.
Experiment with sleeping arrangements
Co-sleeping, solo sleeping, bedside cots and baby beds - there’s no right or wrong way for you and your baby to sleep. Don’t bow to peer pressure - try them all and choose what works best for you.
They wake up, but all they need is their pacifier - you look everywhere but can't find it. Light goes on, baby wakes up. Aggh! Say goodbye to these maddening moments with a glow-in-the-dark pacifier.
SOCIAL MEDIA - YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND?
There are loads of great parenting groups on Facebook, often with members up at midnight going through exactly the same stuff. It’s worth doing a bit of research before your baby comes along, and joining the ones that seem most active and supportive. Just ignore anyone who says it’s easy. They’re lying.
Top up their tummy with a feed before you go to sleep, so you can hopefully sneak a couple of hours before they wake. When they do wake, you could try changing their diaper before nursing - if they fall asleep immediately after they'll be more comfortable in a dry diaper. And make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks for you - breastfeeding is energy-zapping work!
Night-time bottle feeding
You may want to give them a bottle before you go to bed, get the cooled boiled water ready and the formula re-scooped and keep it in a bottle warmer for when they wake. For the middle of the night, our Electric Bottle Warmer can heat a fresh bottle in just four minutes, so you can top up their tummy as quickly as possible!
Poo smells just as bad at night
When it comes to poo, your beautiful newborn doesn’t care if it’s day or night. Keep plenty of nappies, a change mat, and loads of wipes by your bedside, and consider a decent diaper bin - the last thing you want is to be kept awake by unfriendly odors!
Pump and go expressing
If you're making more milk than your baby is taking, you may want to pump to relieve pressure. Our Pump and Go range is so simple, even your night-time brain can handle it. Worth a look if you're considering pumping - day or night!
The morning after the night before
Once your day-brain has warmed up, it's a good idea to round up the night's bottles, teats, pacifiers and teethers and pop them in a sterilizer so they're clean, safe and ready to use minutes later. If you're using night-time pacifiers, you'll need to sit these in daylight so they're charged up for that night.
Let's just make it through till morning
When it comes to survival at night, you can buy fancy equipment and prepare as much as possible, but it's still tough. Ultimately, you're working on their schedule and all you can do is keep calm and #parenton!