Sleep is one thing that all moms want more of. It’s one of the few things that we can pinpoint as being directly linked to a good mood, great energy, and being an awesome mom.
Yet when you have young kids – or babies – getting awesome sleep is pretty much the same as asking for a million dollars to show up on your doorstep. It’s highly unlikely, but you hold out hoping that someday it will happen – you know, just in case.
Now that I’m through the first few months as a new mom, I feel like I can make a few notes on getting decent sleep. Since around 6 weeks postpartum, I’ve had pretty great sleep – even though I got up multiple times a night to breastfeed my little guy.
Let me first start out by saying that my little bundle is not a quiet sleeper – he grunts, groans, moans, sighs, laughs, and farts in his sleep. Yep, a real baby. And to top it off, we’re co-sleeping right now, which makes everything a little more amplified since it’s in my ear.
So how do you sleep like a baby despite everything working against you? Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
Let me tell you – these past few months are the most sedentary I’ve been in years. I have spent more time on the couch feeding, comforting, and letting my little guy nap on me than I ever would have imagined.
But one of the key ways to sleeping well is making sure I get my heart rate up even a little bit each day. This could be a full workout, a walk around the neighborhood with the stroller, or just taking the stairs a few extra times (because that’s all the day allows for). Regardless of how it’s done – staying active is vital towards getting great sleep as a mama. [Read more...]