Cosleeping so that the baby's sleep cycle syncs to your wife's, she (and you) don't have to get out of bed, will help a LOT. Here is what I tell all new parents (whether they cosleep or have baby in a pack-n-play next to the bed or a side-carred crib):
Originally Posted by Ransom
1. DO NOT: Turn on any lights when baby stirs. Get out of bed for any reason if you can help it. Try to replicate the commercials showing a weary parent pacing the halls with a newborn.
2. DO: Put all supplies needed for the whole night (including a huge water bottle for your nursing wife) next to the bed. Keep a small flashlight or reading light handy in case you have to change a diaper. Keep a little garbage can near the bed for throwing away said diaper. Keep 2-3 changes of baby clothes as well as a reusable/washable bed pad under yourself and baby (with replacements if needed).
Here is how nighttime should look to lose the LEAST amount of sleep (I am speaking from experience here ):
1. Go to sleep in the same room together - this reduces SIDS and helps the baby regulate its sleep.
2. Baby stirs and your wife hears immediately b/c they're near each otehr (don't let baby progress to full-out crying). Wife latches baby on - work on perfecting 'nursing side lying position' (google it - it will save her sleep!!!). No lights are on, little movement made by either of you. Baby finishes eating and needs a diaper change - use small flashlight to change diaper, then roll over and go back to sleep.
Note: If cosleeping wife and baby should be in a C position so her legs/arms/torso are curled around the baby protectively, no fluffy blankets/pillows, (google Dr. McKenna Cosleeping Guidelines for more safe cosleeping tips).
You both need readily available snacks and easy-to-heat meals. If your wife is nursing she will need to eat like a marathon runner (no joke here...I needed an extra 800+ calories per day while nursing and still lost tons of weight).
Diet seems pretty clear. However, I know we'll be getting a lot of non-primal food delivered in the coming weeks. I plan to buy a little more at the store in case I need to whip something up for myself cause what was brought is unable to be primally tweaked. Any other advice?
Get a good baby carrier and go for walks with your newborn when you're home so your wife can nap/rest/recuperate/do whatever she needs to house-wise. This will promote bonding between you and baby, give you low-intensity cardio, calm the baby down, and be a good help to your wife .
And then working out. I know that sleep is a huge part of the recovery process and I'm not getting much of it. Plus, being tired, I'm sure there is a higher risk of injury. I usually do CrossFit style workouts 3x a week. Better to take a week or so off or should I keep at it? Maybe just do lighter workouts?
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