Newborn Baby Care: New Mom Sleep Deprivation
You write that, "I am one sleep-deprived mom of two." Sleep deprivation hijacks your brain. Getting through the day and surviving the challenges of two small children is more than anyone can handle when their own sleep tank is empty. It is hard for you to see and consistently implement sleep solutions because of the mental fog caused by your own sleep deprivation. This point bears restatement because many mothers are in your shoes regarding newborn baby care. Sleep solutions seem to slip away or not work well because what impairs you the most when you are sleep deprived is the ability to organize, plan ahead, multi-task, and consistently enforce sleep solutions.
Fathers have to step up to the plate and take the lead because they are usually less sleep deprived. Fathers can do everything that mothers can do except breastfeed. Make your husband read the sleep book of your choice, create a plan and initiate the sleep solution. Often fathers feel better when they get the green light to set things in motion. For single moms, get someone whom you trust to read the sleep book and help develop a plan that you can live with.