The thing about sleeping when baby sleeps is that it is dependent on one key premise; that your baby sleeps.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great piece of advice for new mums who often use baby sleep time as chore catch up time, as long as they’ve not already involuntarily keeled over from exhaustion. I speak from experience.
However, if your baby won’t sleep much or not for long or only using your best sleeping aid which requires you to be conscious and alert – insert here your arms/sling/pram/car – then it leaves you with a choice.
Keep trying to get the munchkin to sleep for your sake, oh, and hers, or give up the expectation of capturing lost sleep, at least on any regular basis and get on with the rest of your days, remembering, this too shall pass.
The trick is to stay awake yourself without any remedies, like caffeine, which would counteract efforts to get your breastfed bub to sleep; unless you’re happily formula feeding the munchkin, then indulge all you like!
What have you done to survive sleep deprivation?