If you’re a new dad or a dad-to-be you’ll be all too aware that the first six weeks are the most exhausting with your baby’s lack of sleep and for mum and you desperate for forty winks. But it does provide hilarious moments for the rest of us watching dads fall asleep in the most random places!
With Father’s Day coming up, we wanted to help one lucky dad or dad-to-be get some more sleep. So we’ve teamed up with the brilliant Dad Network to give away a Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib. It may not be hi-tech, but it’s an essential piece of kit. Just by dropping one side of the crib down, you or mum can sleep next to your baby so that you can feed and comfort your newborn without the hazards of co-sleeping in the same bed. Dad Network awarded it Gold in the Dad Rated Product Awards 2015.
All dads need to do for a chance of winning is enter at The Dad Network here
Winning tips even if you’re not our lucky winner
You’ll probably have a lot of parents sugar-coating the sleep issue for you. Being dads of toddlers ourselves, we thought we’d share a little wisdom and encouragement with you instead.
On average parents get just 5.1 hours of sleep a night in the first year of their baby’s life. Research says you need 6+ hours a night to be refreshed and functioning efficiently, so it’s normal to feel the effects of sleep deprivation on your memory, temper, mood, energy levels and appetite. If you operate machinery or do a lot of driving, please be careful and take this New South Wales ‘Test Your Tired Self’ test.
Try shift sleeping. Let mum do a feed and then go to bed about 8 -Â 9pm whilst you stay downstairs with baby. Do an evening feed and then go up to bed with baby about midnight and let mum do the next feed. That way mum is getting the chance of undisturbed sleep and you hopefully will later on.
On the up side, baby’s sleep patterns do change with their development stages, so if they’re a bad sleeper now, there is the chance that this will change as they develop. One major turning point is often around 12 weeks as they start to develop their day and night rhythm. By about 3 to 5 months most babies have learned to sleep for 5 hours at night.
And last but not least, remember that time flies. So even if you can’t see the light at the end of the sleep deprived tunnel at the moment, your newborn will grow up and you will get more sleep soon!
Competition opens Tuesday 7th June and closes Wednesday 16th June at 00.59pm. Winners will be announced Friday 18th June. Knuma reserves the right to amend or cancel this competition at any time for any reason. Knuma’s decision in all matters will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.Â The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be provided. Open to residents in the UK only.