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Monday, January 13, 2014

5 Tips for Zombie Moms

When you have a new baby or a toddler who doesn't sleep well, you're up multiple times a night and likely functioning on fumes and caffeine during the day. I've been there and made it through the other side: my kids both, for the most part, sleep through the night, and I have re-entered the world of the living. I'm happier and my memory is so much better. I put together these tips to help you if you're still a zombie mom.

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1. Nightlights to light the way.
Have a nightlight in your room, your kid's room, and the hallway in between. And the bathroom if you're a frequent night pee-er. The last thing you want to do is turn on the lights all bright when you're hoping to get back to sleep as soon as possible. The light from the nightlights will be enough to do most things in the middle of the night except the biggest, nastiest blowouts, so pick some up and plug them in.

2. Clear the way.
Before you go to bed at night, make sure the floors are clean. Even if you just push the toys, books, random crap to the sides, do it. You don't want to be stumbling down the hallway and come down on a board book, a dinky car, or some other small, impossibly sharp object, at 2 in the morning. Your feet will thank you.

3. Don't stay up late doing nothing.
Sure, if you have a special show to watch, a load of laundry that HAS to get done, or someone you haven't talked to since before getting pregnant, by all means stay up, but please please please don't stay up late sitting in the dim glow of your computer monitor (or tablet/phone screen) playing CandyCrush or lost in the depths of Pinterest. You need your sleep and you will be pissed at yourself in the morning for wasting those precious minutes doing nothing productive. Turn it off and go to bed!

4. Get your morning tea/coffee set up before you go to bed.
You'll thank yourself in the morning when you get that jolt a few minutes sooner. Bonus points if you have a fancy machine that will turn itself on and make your coffee for you.

5. Change your mindset.
This might be the hardest one of all, but believe me, you will sleep again and so will your kids. Plus, they aren't waking up because they hate you. Get up with them, do what you have to do, and get back to bed. All parents go through this, whether it lasts weeks, months, or years. You will sleep again, I promise.

Do you have anything to add for new parents? What helped you get through the sleepless stage?


  1. #3 is definitely key! It's so hard though since it's my down time and I want to make the most of it. But morning me is so much happier when I put the screens away and get to sleep at a decent hour!

  2. Great tips!! I especially like the "move the toys out of the way" tip and the "coffee" tip. Both of which I make sure to do and it helps...a lot!

  3. these are great! "clearing the way" is a really good one. I never knew how painful it was to step on tiny pieces of Lego! ugh. Great tips!