Yet another mom-friend is blasting you with, 鈥淵ou have to sleep when the baby does.鈥 You鈥檝e heard a zillion repeats of that age-old advice. Then nap-time hits. You consider the couch (and whatever鈥檚 in your Netflix queue), but the Mt. Everest of laundry baskets is calling to you. Precious sleep or quiet cleaning? Before you shut down your shut-eye plans, check out why you really need to consider sleeping when your baby does.


1. Labor is work. Hey, new mama, you just got the workout of a lifetime: Your usual cardio鈥檚 got nothing on labor or a C-section. Sure, you got a couple insurance-sponsored 鈥渧acation鈥 days in the hospital to 鈥渞est鈥濃 but you鈥檙e still exhausted. Now you鈥檙e home with a newborn who is waking up every few hours. Right now, you have healing to do and some major life adjustments to make. And, that means you need sleep 鈥 the more, the better. Whenever baby shuts their eyes, it鈥檚 time for you to get some recharging rest too!


2. It鈥檚 safe. The American Academy of Pediatrics聽recommends that babies sleep in their parents鈥 room as a way to reduce the risk of SIDS. This does NOT mean sleeping in their parents鈥 bed: Your baby should sleep on their own separate surface, such as a crib or bassinet. When聽they鈥檙e already sleeping in your room, you might as well crawl into bed and get some sleep while your kiddo naps nearby.


3. Sync your schedules. Baby is sleeping, but you鈥檙e up running around like a cleaning-crazed maniac. You鈥檙e putting away onesies, organizing the bounty of baby gear you got at your shower, and trying to make something other than a piece of bread wrapped around string cheese for dinner. Then baby wakes up 鈥 you drop everything, pick up your kiddo, feed them, and struggle to keep your eyes open. Bet you wish you were both well-rested right about now. Sleeping when baby sleeps gets you on the same schedule. At least, enough of the same schedule to keep you more alert than聽exhausted.


4. Nights aren鈥檛 always restful.聽That may be a bit of an understatement. At some point your little one will start sleeping through the night, but in the beginning they鈥檒l probably wake up every few hours. Unless you want to look and feel like someone out of The Walking Dead (and we鈥檙e not talking about Maggie or Michonne), sleeping along with your baby is a must. Joining in on those daytime naps will help to offset some of the nighttime sleep that you鈥檙e desperately missing.


5. You deserve it. There鈥檚 no rule saying that being a mom grants聽superhuman endurance. Sure, mamas often seem to have superhero-like abilities: Who else could simultaneously聽feed a baby, pour a sippy cup of juice, and help a toddler finger paint? With all that work you do though, you totally deserve a break. So give yourself one! Instead of trying to get everything done in the 45 minutes your baby is napping, go ahead and close your own eyes too.

When baby naps, do you nap too? Tweet us聽why or why not聽@BritandCo!

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