Superman has a wide variety of abilities that help him on daring rescues and helps him save the day! Some of his abilities include:
- Super strength
- X-ray vision
- Superhuman strength
- Superhuman hearing
However, Superman has a weakness — Kryptonite. Kryptonite is the element that brings Superman down to his knees and makes all his superhero abilities useless.
Moms are a lot like Superman. While our kids consider us their hero, and we often refer to ourselves as “Super Mom” as we multitask running to school pick up and the kids’ after school activities, we also have our own Kryptonite.
Lack of sleep.
I always say that when a Mom has sleep, she can do A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G! However, when lack of sleep rears its ugly head, what do we as Moms do?
Here are my 3 tips for getting enough sleep:
#1) Nap. Forget the dishes piling up in the sink and the piles of clean (or dirty) laundry sitting on the floor. When your baby is napping, take a nap – or at least lie down and read a book, magazine, and relax. You need fuel to get through the rest of the day and that fuel is rest. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your mom and mother-in-law. With a second child it isn’t as easy, but perhaps putting on a half hour video for your first born and napping on the couch while your baby sleeps works for you.
#2) Put Dad on Baby Duty. Now this worked great for us but doesn’t work for every family situation. I like to go to bed early, whereas my husband often stays up until 1 or 2 am. We worked out a great system where I would feed the baby at 9 or 10 and then go to sleep. When the baby would wake up around 1 or 2 am, hubby would warm up a bottle, take care of a feeding and diaper change and then put the baby back to sleep. That generally meant that I got 4-6 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
#3) Establish a Bedtime Routine. Chances are that the reason we as moms are not getting enough sleep is because our little ones aren’t sleeping. Creating a sleep routine for your baby will help them sleep better which in turn helps us Mamas sleep better. Whether your sleep routine includes songs, bath time, stories or cuddle time, try and keep the routine the same every night. For our older kids, we have implemented what we call “Lamp Time” This is a 5-15 minute time period where they can have their lights on while they read, colour or play quietly in their rooms. This has worked wonders for us and has eliminated the stalling that comes with bed time as well as repeatedly coming out of their rooms.
I know that these tips aren’t necessary plausible for everyone all the time, so how do you combat this life-sucking Kryptonite called Lack of Sleep?
Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Playtex Mom Trust program.
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