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					?Handling Sleep Deprivation in the First Year with Baby

When you've got your baby at home for the first time, chances are good that you aren't
getting much sleep. There really isn't any way around this - babies don't often sleep
right through the night right away, and they aren't going to learn to do so for some
time. It is also important that as a parent you are there to attend to your child's every
need, that you are there to feed them, to comfort them, and to take care of them all of
the time. So, it's a fact that you aren't going to get very much sleep when you have a
new baby. So, how can you help yourself to survive the first year, knowing that you
aren't going to get much sleep? There are several things that you can do to make sure
that this happens.

The first thing that you can do is to remember you don't have to do it on your own. If
you have a partner who is helping you to raise your baby, remember that it is okay to
depend on them to share some of the sleep deprivation. Make up a schedule so that
one of you can get some decent sleep while the other one gets up, and then rotate to
make sure that each of you is having a chance at entering dream world. If you don't
have a partner, find some friends or other people that you can rely on to take your
baby once in a while so that you can get some good sleep. Remember that one solid
night of sleep here and there can make all the difference.

Another thing that you should remember is that you should try to sleep while your
baby is sleeping. There are certain things that probably aren't going to get done while
you have young children, so remember that these things shouldn't be as important as
your sleep. If you get your baby to sleep during the day for a few hours, take that time
if you can and sleep as well. When you put your baby to sleep at night, remember that
you should try to get to sleep at that time too if at all possible. There are going to be
lots of things that go undone while you are having a young child, and so some of them
should just be left undone while you catch up on your sleep.

Something else that is good to remember is that you should make conducive sleep
areas for your child. This means that your whole house should be sleep friendly. From
the beginning, if you don't want t your child to be a fussy sleeper, try not to make
them into one. Have them fall asleep in noisy places and remember that if you make
your child into a fussy sleeper, you are the one that is going to have to deal with that,
and no one else.

The last thing that you should remember when you are trying to survive that first
sleep - deprived year is to try to get your family on a good schedule as soon as you
can. Children are always going to sleep better if they are on a schedule. This means
that you should have bed times that you stick too, even with the youngest babies, from
the earliest point you can. Your baby should learn that there are times to be asleep and
there are times that they should be awake. This is a good way to help your baby train
themselves to sleep all through the night, and the sooner that this happens the sooner
you'll be able to do so as well.

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