[QUOTE=Derpamix;1074431]since your baby is a good sleeper, do you do co-sleeping? Perhaps this will put you at ease about your baby waking up in the middle of the night and such.[/QUOTE]
She sleeps in a bassinet about a foot away from our bed during the night. During the day I leave her in the living room with my mom, because I want her to get used to having a day & night cycle. Plenty of sunlight and activity in living room. Our bedroom has blackout curtains
I agree with Derp about the co-sleeping.
If you have a sleep with your baby during the day you might find you are able to relax and sleep better.
[QUOTE=Ayla2010;1074451]I agree with Derp about the co-sleeping.
If you have a sleep with your baby during the day you might find you are able to relax and sleep better.[/QUOTE]
I'll try it when she takes her evening nap before dinner! :)
I do notice that I feel better when we snuggle. My Mom is old fashioned and gets after me if I pick Annee up when she's crying, but cuddling her makes me feel emotionally better. I'm totally selfish like that, lol.
I love the snuggles too, my babies either slept on my back in a wrap while I did stuff, or in our bed (we had our bed on the floor until they were crawling and learnt to go off backwards).
Just in case you are worried, my 2 co-slept from birth, till they got their own beds around 2. They now rarely come in to us, I miss co-sleeping.
I hope it helps :)
Oh while mine were up to a few months old, id have them on the crook of my arm, if I was next to them, I just felt safer that way :) Oh and def try feeding laying down, best thing ever! It took a while to get the hang of it at first, but it was awesome.
Sucky about your mum, but babies need us the second they cry :)
I agree with the co-sleeping. I think napping [U]with [/U] baby is important as in lie down in a comfy spot on your bed to nurse baby and let your hormones work to lull you to sleep. Our bodies release hormones while we are nursing that make us relaxed and sleepy so that we will rest with baby. Protecting them from the stray sabre tooth tiger and giving us the much needed sleep our brains need to prevent PPD. I napped with my baby until she was 19 months old. I kept thinking I needed to do other things but I really enjoyed laying with her, watching her drift off and allowing myself to rest. At 19 months I decided I was being lazy and no longer needed the rest. Unfortunately, I found out quickly I really needed that rest and missed it when I was no longer napping with her. Tell your mom Dr. Sears recommends moms respond to babies right away. He has a whole website of really important information about this. I won't repeat here. askdrsears.com great resorce for new and experienced moms and dads alike.
I've always been super awkward nursing while laying down. Any tips? The best I've figured out is to prop her on pillows, but it still doesn't feel like a good latch. She's a really good baby when it comes to nursing. When she's not really hungry and doing the crazy head shaking thing (I think it's an excitement/anticipation thing. Looks like a wide opened fish mouth shaking its head no), she'll sit there with her mouth open very patient and latch correctly. Smart 3 week old!
And an anecdote on nursing/sleeping: When I was about 9, I got an awesome second degree sunburn with blisters the size of my fist. It was torturous and I had to learn to sleep sitting up. Looking back on it now, I realize it was actually a tender mercy. I can sleep and nurse sitting up (actually I can do several things asleep while sitting up. I think I slept through half of high school and definitely part of college thanks to this little trick, lol)
So tips on nursing laying down would be much appreciated.
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Dr. Bork, Hmmm at three weeks I was still using copious amounts of pillows to nurse. I don't know if it's their size or what but it seemed necessary. Later when the baby is larger it is easier to lie down and nurse. Breast size probably comes into play as well. I would snuggle her up as close as possible and see if you have to use a pillow or 5 which you can remove after she stops nursing but you stay in bed and snooze as much as possible. Good sleep is critical to avoid PPD.
I'm not a mom, so I have no advise on the sleep thing. Sounds like there is good advise to be had here though. I have a friend who just had a baby recently and posted this article on FB...I know, I know...but really, we are both advanced practice nurses and gravitate towards credible sources of info. I think it is an interesting and important topic regarding babies and their psychological development (think Erikson stage of development #1):
Good luck with the sleeping stuff and all of the baby stuff:o