New Mom Panic
When I took my first born home I had “new mom panic”. (I may be making this phrase up, but it is a real thing. Trust me on this one.) I was terrified to take my eyes off her for a second. It was horrible! And my sleep life plummeted. Needless to say, I was desperate for safe sleep.
I tried putting her to sleep in her crib but I was constantly jumping awake to make sure she was still here and breathing. Dramatic… I know. I tried co-sleeping in bed but she would sink into me so I was still terrified and didn’t sleep.
So the first couple weeks I would stay awake as late as I could at night holding her and let her sleep until I literally couldn’t take it anymore.
You Have Got To Be Kidding Me!
The little bits of sleep I did get came to a complete halt when my daughter got colic. (If you’re imagining the frantic, messy haired, twitchy-eyed lady clutching a coffee cup for dear life, your right on track!)
I flat out gave up on appearances sake. I stayed up until the wee hours in the morning, grabbed a blanket and pillow and slept on the floor with my daughter. Finally, I got some precious sleep! My back and sides were killing me but I didn’t give a hoot!
See: 10 Tricks to Ease Babies Colic
See also: Showering With Baby~ For New Moms
Time For A New Solution
Sleeping on the floor like that lasted a little while. Hey, it was working! Don’t judge. 😉 I would have kept it up too but as we were gaining sleep, my boyfriend was losing sleep having lost his cuddle partner. (He’d kill me if he knew I wrote that.) Missing us he started sleeping on the floor with us. (My heart-throb.)
Once it became more of an every night thing we needed a more permanent solution because our backs/sides were, of course, killing us! We have one of those foam toppers on our bed and pulled that sucker down to the ground. It’s about an inch to an inch and a half thick and was already making a HUGE difference.
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However, more padding is better so we placed a thick sleeping bag on the floor, our nice soft foam on that and a mattress pad cover on top and presto! We get some nice, comfy, and safe sleep. Finally!!!
The Bonuses Of Laying On A Flatter Surface
My daughter no longer sank into me, and she could comfortably get milk when she needed it. The flat surface also allowed her to roll away from me giving us both comfort without fear of her falling off the bed.
Additional Recommendations For Safe Sleep
- For colder weather keep a long sleeve outfit on your baby. Don’t put them in anything too baggy that can easily twist or tangle on them
- Keep any blankets nice and tightly secured under the bottom of the bed so they cannot go up past just above babies belly button. My daughter would never let me pull the blanket up much higher than this as it is (maybe a natural fear). This will greatly decrease any risk of suffocation. You should always be very cautious about blankets and never leave your baby alone with a blanket.
- Be aware of how you sleep. If you tend to toss and turn in your sleep at night or are a heavy sleeper, co-sleep could be very dangerous for your baby.
- Babies not only don’t need pillows but you should always be sure they cant put their face in any pillows.