Hi! I’m due later this month with a baby girl and just feel so unprepared! I’ve already read a few books on babies but everything seems so conflicting. I want to make sure I’m setting her up for good sleep habits early (I need sleep too). What advice do you have for an overwhelmed soon-to-be mommy?
What an exciting time and congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your baby girl!
Once your little girl is born, please take the time you need to recover from childbirth and bond with your baby. Try and give yourself a break for those first few weeks as your family adjusts and you find your new normal. Focusing on an infant’s sleep patterns will drive you crazy because they haven’t established a pattern of sleep yet. Their circadian rhythm hasn’t set in so they aren’t aware of the difference between night and day.
An infant is developmentally incapable of any type of self-soothing so help your baby fall sleep anyway you can. If your baby needs to be nursed or held to fall asleep, that’s fine! This is a very short period of time in the scheme things so try and find ways to enjoy it and not feel guilty. It’s okay if you spend the better part of your day sitting on the couch holding your sleeping baby. For the first 6 weeks of life your baby needs your love and affection, not so much a regimented schedule for when to eat and when to sleep. Your family will benefit if you can keep the focus on your recovery and getting to know your little girl.