My Nighttime Newborn Life Hack

My Nighttime Newborn Life Hack

No, it’s not sleep. But I do wish it was! I don’t know about y’all but one of the hardest parts of having a newborn is the lack of sleep. Getting up what feels like a million times a night to feed and tend to a baby is exhausting. So I’ve found a way (other than the brand new squish) to make that more bearable.

Insert the Nighttime Caddy.

I am sure you have seen those cute little diaper caddies in store. And like me, you may have wondered if anyone actually uses them. Well, I am here to tell you that it may have taken me four babies, but I finally figured out how to make it useful for me. My sweet mother in love blessed me with this one and I was so excited! I hadn’t even told her that I wanted one this go around. When I first wanted one I had all intentions of using it for its intended purposes but then I had a stroke of genius! What if I filled it with all the things I needed in the middle of the night but weren’t right at my disposal? Wouldn’t that be a game changer? Yes, yes it would!

So then came the fun part – actually filling it. I put fun snacks, candy, granola bars, water bottle, diapers, wipes, butt cream, burp cloth, extra outfit and anything else baby may need. And then I took this to the next level by setting up our office as my home away from home for nighttime feedings. Comfy blankets included!

I don’t like keeping my husband up at night while I’m tending to the baby since he has to work, so when the baby wakes I always leave the room. Sounds like it would suck but y’all it has been a game changer! I have snacks that I don’t have to share with anyone! I have everything I need for the baby right there. I have a television that I get to watch what I choose. So instead of making this an ‘Ugh, I don’t want to get up because I am so tired’ experience, it has now turned into a ‘Yes!! I get to get up!’

Perspective changes everything, my friends. Maybe I am too sleep deprived to realize how silly this is or maybe I am onto something here. But with four kids? I’ll take whatever I can get to make those nights that much easier. So if you find me scrolling IG or posting at some random hour, don’t mind me. I am just living my best Newborn Night Life.

Danielle is married to Ryan and together they have four beautiful babies. They're raising Lexi, Abram, Sutton and Beckham on the bayou in Crown Point. She is a self-proclaimed hot mess, Jesus-loving, homeschooling, Netflix binging, crafting and party planning stay at home mom. Sutton was born with achondroplasia dwarfism so advocating and raising awareness is important to her. Most nights once the kids are asleep you will find her staying up way too late to enjoy the quiet that happens after four kids.


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