Is Your Mattress Letting You Down?
After the aches and pains of pregnancy, it doesn’t seem fair that new parenthood should come with physical challenges as well, but it does. From the strength it takes to carry the baby and their entourage of supplies everywhere it goes to the grueling feeding schedule that a newborn requires, new parents frequently suffer from muscle soreness, fatigue, and other ailments. One problem can make things worse: sleeping on an old, worn-out, or uncomfortable mattress. The new demands on your musculoskeletal system can be compounded if your mattress doesn’t give you adequate support, causing pain, inflammation, and even interfering with your daily life.
Sleep When The Baby Sleeps
This advice is so common as to rise to the level of a cliche, but it’s frequently repeated for a reason. Babies do sleep, although not always in the eight-hour blocks that adults would prefer. The solution, then, is for the adult caregiver to nap during the day when the baby naps. If both parents must work during the day, then creative solutions are often necessary, such as trading evenings to go to bed early while the other parent rocks the infant to sleep.
Share The Load
If you have a partner, it’s important to split nighttime parenting as evenly as you do the daytime jobs. Not only is it healthier for the baby to bond with multiple safe, trusted adults, but it avoids causing one caregiver to become so exhausted that they get burnt-out or ill. If breastfeeding, fathers can share the work of nighttime feedings by using bottles to supply breastmilk that the mothers have previously pumped.
Likewise, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help, especially in the early weeks after the baby is born. Napping is much more important than completing household chores, and friends are often happy to help fold a load of laundry or bring you a casserole for dinner.
While the sleep-deprived nights of early parenthood seem to last forever, most infants start sleeping through the night relatively soon. This doesn’t mean, however, that things will be “back to normal”–instead, your family will emerge transformed. We’d love to help you make sure you have a quality, comfortable mattress to take you on the journey to your new, improved normal.
New Parents: Tips For Quality Rest – www.hopkinsmedicine.org
New Parents: Getting The Sleep You Need – www.mayoclinic.org