7 TOP TIPS
1 Nap when baby naps or at least put your feet up. The chores can wait, or just do the most pressing one.
2 ‘Up and down within the hour’ is a good rule of thumb for how long a baby should be awake in the first three months. Aim to feed, change nappy and enjoy some smiles and eye contact within that window – then baby should be ready for another sleep.
3 If you choose crying it out, buy a cheap video monitor to keep an eye on baby.
4 Consider one parent sleeping in another room
during the week so that at least one gets a good night’s sleep.
5 If you have a trigger-hair sleeper, consider a swing hammock for naps, especially one with a standalone frame – it costs more but saves you losing a doorway.
6 If you’re of a culture that stays up late, a different schedule can work. Your routine only has to work for you.
7 When all else fails, car rides and long pushchair walks are great sleep triggers.