1. Remove the baby monitor
I have nothing against baby monitors and they are brilliant when you are away from your baby and you want to keep an eye on the little one. However, it’s highly unlikely that you will miss your baby waking up crying as she is probably sleeping two doors away from you. Very often babies start crying in their sleep, but you may rush out of bed and find your little one still asleep. It’s always worth waiting for a minute or two to see whether baby really woke up or she was just making noises in her sleep. If you are really worried about not being able to hear your baby when she wakes up, then place the monitor on the floor by your bed so that any light from it doesn’t disturb you and turn the volume down.
2. When your baby gets into a sound bedtime routine, this means you have your evenings free again. It’s very easy to stay up late and enjoy ‘the freedom’. However, when you are running on sleep-debt, you should get into a bedtime routine yourself to catch up on sleep. Choose your desirable time for going to bed; this should accommodate between 8-10 hours of sleep as you are trying to clear that sleep debt from previous months. You need to consider the time your baby wakes up for the day; early wake-up means early bedtime for you. Set an alarm one hour before your desired bedtime as this will remind you about starting to get ready for bed.
3. One hour before bedtime turn the TV off and stop using any electronic devices as they send blue light that interferes with melatonin production. This can really disturb your sleep. Try not to use artificial lighting or minimise it as much as you can. It’s worth swapping lightbulbs to red, orange or yellow as these don’t interfere with melatonin and can create a calming mood.