As cute and innocent as babies are, they have a way of turning a household completely upside down — particularly at night. If you are within earshot of these adorable bundles of joy, sleep is out of the question. Some experts recommend dreamfeeding as a way to help bleary-eyed moms get some extra shut-eye. If you're thinking about giving it a try, you're going to need all of the help you can get. Which is why you'll want to know the ways your partner can help with dreamfeeding.
According to The Baby Sleep Site, dreamfeeding is the process of waking your baby for a feeding before you go to bed yourself. By adding a dream feed to your routine, the hope is that your baby will sleep for a longer stretch of time during the night and allow you and your partner to get some much needed rest, as well.
Whether it's helping with the baby's bedtime routine or taking on other household chores, by sharing the load with your partner, you can successfully implement dreamfeeding in your home. And as a result, your baby may sleep better, for longer stretches of time, as Happiest Baby suggested. All of that extra sleep may also ensure that you and your partner's relationship stays intact.
1. They Can Dreamfeed
Your partner can help out in a major way by offering to take over the dreamfeed, according to The Baby Sleep Site. It may seem like a small thing, but if you go to bed early, you can enjoy a longer stretch of uninterrupted sleep.
2. They Can Help With The Bedtime Routine
Before you can dream feed, you need to get your baby off to sleep. If you've been caring for baby all day, let your partner tag in and help out with the bedtime routine. Giving baby a bath, reading a story, and getting in some nighttime cuddles can offer you a bit of relief and the time you need to rest and get ready for the dream feed later.
3. They Can Take On Housework
If you are busy getting baby through the bedtime routine, your partner can help by picking up the slack elsewhere. Washing dishes, ironing the next day's clothes, or helping older kids with homework can free up time for you to focus on your baby.
4. They Can Cheer You On
Sometimes, one of the best things your partner can do for you is offer support. Whether it's a listening ear when you need to vent about what's going wrong, or a fist bump to congratulate you on a job well done, a true partner will have your back no matter what.