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6 Ways to Cope with Newborn Exhaustion

The first few weeks after you bring your newborn home are going to some of the biggest challenges you've ever faced. Here are 6 ways you can cope with newborn exhaustion and still enjoy your new baby.

By
Cheryl Butler,
February 24, 2014

The newborndays are some of the most special, amazing, enchanting, and exhausting days a new parent will ever experience. 

Though this is definitely an incredible time for new parents, most admit it’s also a blur due to the fatigue and lack of sleep that come with the entire newborn package.  Here are 6 ways you can cope with newborn exhaustion and still enjoy your new baby:

  1. Start each day with a sense of accomplishment   Not getting the proper amount of sleep is tough enough, but when you schlep through your days too exhausted to shower or get out of your bathrobe, that can drag you down too.  Try and put yourself first in the morning, even if it’s just to take a quick shower and apply a little make up—taking these small but important steps can give you a much needed boost of energy to jumpstart your day.

  2. Limit visitors.proud parent and want to show off your new precious bundle to the entire world, it’s important to manage your visitors so that you don’t over extend yourself and burn through any bit of energy reserve that you might have for the sheer sake of entertaining.  Your close friends and family will understand if you ask them to give you a couple of weeks to get into a semi-routine with your new baby. 

  3. Accept help.   Asking for or accepting help from others is not easy for many parents, especially if they are used to living structured and independent lives.  The newborn exhaustion stage will not last forever, but for the first few weeks it can definitely be challenging.  Don’t be too proud to accept or ask for help.  This is the time to allow your mother-in-law to come fold a few loads of laundryHow to Ask for Help.

  4. Work as a team.breastfeeding, your partner can still get up in the middle of the night to support you by changing baby's diaper, swaddling, and helping with other chores.  Make a conscious effort to work together gratefully and don’t criticize each other's ways of doing duties.  Build each other up and use these tiring weeks to connect and bond as a new family.

  5. Cat nap often.patterns develop with baby's eating and sleeping and if you’re able, plug into the baby's schedule and catch any Z’s you can no matter what time of day it is.

  6. Lower your standards.

See also: 5 Tips for Bringing Newborn Baby Home (Part 1)5 Tips for Bringing Newborn Baby Home (Part 2)

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