5 Things to do during Night Feeds
I don’t know about you but when I’m feeding my baby during the day, I’m generally gazing into his beautiful little eyes, chatting to him and surveying how lovely and chubby his little arms and thighs are getting!
Night feeds are different. To let him know the difference between day and night and to encourage sleep, we keep the room as dark as possible and I don’t engage with him too much – apart from lovely snuggles of course.
Mini is my second baby and I was prepared for how long and frequent night feeds were, especially in the early weeks when he seemed to be feeding every hour or so, for an hour or so!
So I lined up a few productive things to do during night feeds that also stop me snoozing:
I started my blog in 2013 during my maternity leave but I wish I’d thought to start it earlier. I often blog during night feeds as ideas for my posts tend to come to me in the middle of the night!
My blog is through WordPress and their app is very easy to use to write a post, add images, safe and publish posts.
I would really recommend blogging to anyone who loves to write. You don’t have to write for an audience, just do it for yourself. Writing is my passion and blogging has allowed me to rekindle that and find my voice again. It might do the same for you!
2. Read other Blogs
I love to read and discover other blogs – particularly other parenting and lifestyle ones.
This year it was one of my New Year resolutions to read more blogs and I started a regular feature called Mim Loves Blogs where I highlight my favourite blog post from the previous week.
If you’re a blogger and you see me commenting on your posts at 3am, you’ll understand why now!
Blog posts are generally not too long so you shouldn’t get as wrapped up in them as you do a book. The last thing you want it to stay awake reading long after the baby has finished feeding.
3. Write a To Do List
I use my iPhone calendar to set myself reminders of things to do and appointments to keep – it’s a lifesaver.
4. Online Shop
What better excuse to shop do you need! Although you might want to limit your time on ASOS (affiliate link) unless you have unlimited funds :) I do most of my grocery shopping online though and find the Tesco app really easy to use to order groceries and schedule the delivery. Whilst the baby is feeding, why not order some food of your own!
5. Respond to emails
I rarely have an empty inbox but hardly ever get a chance these days to sit down and send meaningful emails. Night time is perfect for that! It’s peaceful and quiet, you can get your thoughts together and really concentrate, rather than send half-hearted, quick replies. Many of my friends and family live in Australia so speaking to them in the middle of the night in the UK is actually perfect for me as they’re all up!
One thing to remember is that just as you want to keep your baby in a calm and sleepy state, you don’t want to wake yourself up too much either. For me, reading and writing (and shopping) is relaxing but for others, the glare of an iPhone might be too much.
I hope these tips help you though. If you have any tips on staying awake during night feeds, comment below!
Things to read next:
- 6 things they tell you about Pregnancy
- “Sleep when the Baby Sleeps” and other Ridiculous Pregnancy & Parenting advice
- 5 Things to Expect When You’re a New Mother
- What to expect after you have a Baby