Night feedings can be really hard for moms. Try these tricks to keep yourself awake during night feedings or night nursing sessions.
We all love newborns. They are cuddley and cute and innocent but let’s be honest- from that first rough night in the hospital, we wait for the day they sleep through the night. Until baby makes it to that point, we still have to find ways to make it through those (sometimes) torturous night feedings.
After having 3 kids in 4 years, I have missed quite a bit of sleep. When the last kids born, I had a premie, a 2-year-old, and a 3-year-old. Sleep was not only hard to come by, but a much needed piece of sanity. Luckily I had found a trick to get the older two to want to sleep in their own beds, so I just had the baby.
Since he was a premie, it was super important that he finished all of his bottles to gain weight. I lost a LOT of sleep and sometimes it was really hard to stay awake. I developed a couple of tricks to minimize how much sleep I was losing and to keep myself awake to make sure he finished each bottle. I want to share with you some of the tricks I used because I have been there and I know how challenge it can be to stay awake!
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Here are my tips for staying awake during night feedings:
1. Be prepared!
Get everything you will need for night feedings ready in advance. Grab your Boppy pillow, bibs, burp cloths, etc. together before you head off to bed for the night. If you bottle feed, prep the bottles and put them in a basket (pic below!) to keep everything together and save you a trip to the kitchen. I love these formula dispensers from Tommee Tippee! You can pre-fill each container with the amount of formula you need then remove the small cap to dispense into bottle. They are inexpensive and save you lots of time. They also help keep bottle prep a little more sanitary when your on the go.
Tommee Tippee Formula Dispensers:
A few minutes of prep while your still awake prevents you from having to stumble through the house in the dark!
2. Bring food and water (for Mom!)
It takes some extra calories to expend the energy for nighttime feedings. Water is super important so grab some water bottles or try this refillable bottle that promises to keep your water cold for 24 hours!
You don’t have to bring a full meal to bed but grabbing a snack can give you the calories you need to make it through the night. Make it easy so you don’t have to move a mini-fridge to your room!
Her are some portable snack ideas:
- Busy Mom Trail Mix
- Applesauce pouches
- Freeze Dried fruit
- Granola bars
Add them to your basket of night supplies:
3. Make a humor board on Pinterest
It may sound a bit silly but it works! It is really hard to fall asleep when you’re laughing! Create a board or do a search for funny topics.
Here are some search term ideas:
- You had one job
- Funny (it brings up a variety of funny pins)
- People of Walmart
I discovered this one night when I was really struggling to stay awake and happen to find a funny meme scrolling through Pinterest.
Have some friends who are also up feeding baby? Make it a group board and collaborate to keep each other amused during 3am feedings. It takes a village, right?
They are only little for such a short time. Before you know it they will be asking for gas money and taking the car. Then you will be up all night for a different reason… worrying! Try and keep this in mind and treasure your bundle of joy while you still can hold him close.
I hope these few tricks get you a couple extra winks and help you stay awake during night feedings!