Arguably, the first few weeks of your child’s life is the hardest time on you as a mother.
My initial experience as a new mum
For the first few weeks I still had dangerously high gestational high blood pressure levels, was in so much pain after the childbirth, and was trying to balance my recovery with breastfeeding, pumping, running our household, and finding sleep whenever I could.
How much sleep do parents lose after having a baby?
Recent research found that on average a parent will lose 109 minutes of sleep every night for the first 12 months of their baby’s life. By 24 months, parents have lost the equivelent of 6 months worth of sleep.
Distressingly, only 10% of parents reported getting the recommended 7 hours of sleep each night with most getting only 4 hours sleep per day.
So whatever we could do to help our son sleep was a godsend.
What to do to soothe your baby to sleep
When its time for a nap we follow the 5 S’s: swaddle, side-stomach position, shush, swing, and suck.
Our baby sleep routine
At now 11 weeks our son goes to sleep pretty quickly, and sleeps through the night.
We softly shush if he’s making any sounds, and then wrap him in his swaddle as he gets drowsy. Then we place him into his bassinet. If he fusses we’ll offer his pacifier, and make sucking sounds which puts him to sleep in about 3 seconds.
Why we love our Smiley Bubbly Baby 'Baby Soother Sound Machine'
Honestly, it really helps keep our son calm, and sooth him back to sleep if he stirs. The machine has a night light that can be turned off while maintaining the soothing music (it has 7 natural soothing sounds to choose from). Plus the Baby Soother Sound Machine is from a Melbourne based young family business, and it arrived so quickly after we experienced a pretty sleepless night.
We’re in the middle of putting the finishing touches on our upcoming Airbnb property we’ll be launching in the Hunter Valley. The Baby Soother Sound Machine is a convenient tool for parents like us as its light weight, portable, and has a long lasting battery so perfect for travelling.
If you're the type who has to sleep in absolute silence you can also use the auto timer function to have it turn off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes so you can stay in bed, and rest mamas!
Plus, the Smart Cry Sensor feature activates the machine when the baby starts crying which then automatically turns off when your bub is back asleep.
You can buy the Smiley Bubbly Baby Sound Machine here.
This post has been sponsored by Smiley Bubbly Baby. All opinions, and experiences stated are my own.