Sleep while the baby sleeps

I wasn’t really given much advice before having a baby but something I was told over and over was ‘sleep while the baby sleeps’.

During Pregnancy

It was annoying to hear ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’ before having a baby because it seemed so obvious. I smiled and nodded every time I heard it while secretly rolling my eyes thinking ‘Duh’.

The baby arrives

It was annoying when people said ‘sleep while the baby sleeps’ because the baby arrived and I didn’t feel like it. Sleep deprivation hadn’t set in yet and honestly I thought I was able to cope with broken sleep and didn’t need to ‘catch up’. I had way more important things to do like watching him to make sure he was still breathing. I wanted to look at photos and videos of him on my phone and when I ran out of photos I was in a baby google frenzy.

A few months in 

It was annoying when people said ‘sleep while the baby sleeps’ a few months in because it became obvious I had missed my window to ‘sleep while the baby sleeps’. I started expressing full time at 12 weeks which took up 4-6 hours a day because I had a hand held single pump, I simply didn’t have time to sleep.

five months

At this point I realised the advice was correct and I needed to ‘sleep while the baby sleeps’. No-one managed to pass this information onto my son though. He decided that around the same time I started mixed feeding and had time to sleep that he should start catnapping. By the time I got him down, washed the bottles, had a shower and climbed into bed he would wake up minutes later.

Seven months deep

Now I’ve completely given up on ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’. His current phase is not wanting to sleep at all during the day unless I hold him so I find myself getting to know the neighborhood really well, driving around until he goes to sleep. If that fails then I go for a walk through a shopping centre in the baby carrier and boom he’s out.

If I had any advice to give to first time mums – definitely sleep while the baby sleeps.. if you can!  

sleep while the baby sleeps
Definitely sleep as much as possible before the little vampire arrives.


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    Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks

    October 14, 2016

    Yes! I wish I had done this when my biggest was tiny now I’ve missed the boat totally! #sharingthebloglove

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    October 16, 2016

    Haha, I remember finding this the most annoying piece of advice ever! My baby did not understand the concept of sleep and battled it at every turn. The only way he would sleep was on me, but you’re not supposed to sleep with the baby on you, so I got no sleep then either. Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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      October 20, 2016

      Yes! Sleep while the baby sleeps… except when they’re asleep on you… or asleep when you’re driving the car.. haha

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    Laura - dear bear and beany

    October 18, 2016

    Oh yes I totally should have done this with my eldest. I just used to waste the time Alice was asleep. Then with Holly when the was napping, I had Alice to look after so no chance of napping. If I had my time again I would have napped! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
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      October 20, 2016

      I’ve been making more of an effort since writing this post so luckily I have managed to sneak some naps in!

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    Laura: Adventures with J

    November 3, 2016

    Ha ha! Great post! I did sleep while J slept from the day we got home as I was just so exhausted.. Actually he only slept on us for the first 4 months, so I slept when he was being held by someone else, usually daddy. When we could lay him down on his own I no longer slept at all! I was far too busy checking he was still breathing… when he got older he had three naps so I did always take one of them to sleep when he did but now he is almost 2 and he no longer naps I am screwed as I am still exhausted!! No one warns you of that do they?!

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      November 4, 2016

      Haha no-one warns you that your baby may not sleep without someone holding them for sure.

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