8 Ways to Combat New Moms' Sleep Troubles

What Helps, What Doesn't


  • Delegate chores to visitors who are willing to help.
  • Pump, so someone else can feed the baby while you sleep.
  • Rest or do something relaxing when the baby naps during the day.
  • Enlist your husband to help. If he seems at a loss as to what to do, give him specific tasks.
  • Consider a bassinet that attaches to your bed so you don't have to get out of bed to feed the baby.


  • Watch television or work at the computer 30 minutes before bedtime, or if you're up in the middle of the night.
  • Drink more than one cup of caffeine per day.
  • Try to be the perfect hostess.
  • Stress about the house's appearance or getting out thank-you cards.
  • Use baby's naptime to do chores.

Vanessa Geneva Ahern writes about health and parenting issues. She has two daughters, Ruby, 3, and Norah, 1.

Originally published in American Baby magazine, April 2005.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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