Sweet (Daytime) Dreams

The big buzz I’m hearing about right now from other hospitals working toward Baby-Friendly designation is Nap Time.  Play a lullaby in your mind as you read this … Mid-afternoon your nurse comes in your room with a warm baby blanket and a fresh cup of ice water (hot tea, milk and cookies, hmm … the possibilities!). She asks you what else you need before you tuck away for the next two hours with just you, your support person and your baby. No one will bother you. The birth certificate lady, photographer, housekeeper, even your visitors, if you choose, will have to wait until later.  With uninterrupted time you can get some rest or have time with just your little family.

What I LOVE about Nap Time:

  1. It builds in time for family bonding.
  2. Families get to practice what we preach: Nap when the baby naps.
  3. For families who want to restrict visitors, we give them a reason.
  4. Nap Time sends a message that parenting is a 24-hour job. Some hospitals report that families are better able to room-in at night when they have had some rest during the day. What better preparation for going home than to establish this pattern in the hospital!

About blogtobabyfriendly

blogtobabyfriendly is written by Amy Murray, a Childbirth Unit nurse with a touch of earth muffin crunch. A childbirth educator and IBCLC, she's been a breastfeeding advocate all her adult life, believing that if our bodies make milk, it just makes good sense to feed it to our babies. blogtobabyfriendly is her hospital's journey to Baby-Friendly designation. Click to get email updates on new blog posts. Our desire is to learn, share, and learn more.
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5 Responses to Sweet (Daytime) Dreams

  1. Breeana says:

    I think this is an excellent idea! With both of my girls I had overnight labors with deliveries in the morning. We were exhausted in the afternoon but didn’t feel like we could truly rest because we didn’t know who would be popping in the door next. I think this would really help give new families time to rest and enjoy their new baby.

  2. Sarah McK says:


  3. Amanda S. says:

    Love this idea!!

  4. Olivia says:

    That sounds heavenly. Even with the do not disturb sign in the door I was interrupted.

  5. Linda Meeks says:

    I love this idea. As nurses we have suggested visiting hours be reestablished to allow Moms time to rest and care for baby, but it has not gone anywhere because we have been told our customers like the open visitation. With all our other changes, maybe we can implement this into our changes for what is best for our families. I sometimes think new parents don’t know what is best for them. They enjoy showing the new baby to family and friends not knowing how exhausted they might be when they do get home. I like the idea of modeling this behavior in the hospital with hope it will be carried on at home with better rested parents and happier families.

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