5 Things to do during Night Feeds

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.

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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:

1.  Blog!

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 love to plan but I’m time-poor since having 2 babies but during night feeds, it’s lovely and quiet and I can get my thoughts together to plan for the next day.

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:

*  Post Partum Updates
*  “Sleep when the Baby Sleeps” and other Ridiculous Pregnancy & Parenting advice
*  5 Things to Expect When You’re a New Mother
*  What to Expect When You’re No Longer Expecting

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  1. 29th July 2015 / 8:49 pm

    I’d be too tired to look at a screen at that time. lol But actually if I am thinking back to Chloe’s first 8 weeks I did spend time on the phone to catch up on blogs.

    • 29th July 2015 / 8:55 pm

      Ha ha perfect time to read with no noisy distractions :) x

  2. 30th July 2015 / 11:49 am

    My mum started to blog when I was 1year old, she wished she discovered blogging in my first year as that would have helped in the darkness of the night! She loves reading blogs now at night time! #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • 30th July 2015 / 11:51 am

      Tell your mummy I do too – it’s a bit addictive sometimes! :) x

  3. 30th July 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Love this! I recently did a post about the dreaded night feed, but yours is more productive! Blogs are my respite in the early hours, as is the comfort of knowing other parents are up doing just the same! :)

    • 31st July 2015 / 7:27 am

      That’s so true – it’s helpful to know we’re not alone! :)

  4. 31st July 2015 / 1:16 am

    Great point about blogs being the perfect length for night reading! I don’t think I have ever been as productive as you during night feeds! #brilliantblogposts

    • 31st July 2015 / 7:22 am

      I have so little time in the day that I have no choice but to try and get things done at night ha ha! x

  5. 31st July 2015 / 5:54 am

    As my kids were primarily bottle fed I, unlike most guys, have plenty of experience of night feeds! Like you, we kept the room dark and kept interaction to a minimum and both our kids pretty quickly learned the difference between night and day. No way I could have written a blog post while feeding thogh! #TheList

    • 31st July 2015 / 7:20 am

      Ah it’s lovely you got to experience the night feed snuggles too :) but yes, you would have needed 3 hands to manage a blog post too :)

  6. 31st July 2015 / 3:47 pm

    I’ve done my share of blogging-related tasks during night feeds too :)

    • 31st July 2015 / 8:53 pm

      It’s a nice quiet time to do it! :)

  7. 1st August 2015 / 11:18 am

    At last, someone like me!! I am terrible for shopping during night feeds! I have been known to order entire food shops and one year I did all our christmas shopping in one night!! #thelist

    • 1st August 2015 / 11:42 am

      That’s awesome – multitasking at its best!! x

  8. 4th August 2015 / 7:23 am

    I was terrible for shopping during night feeds. I used to buy stuff on eBay then forget until the parcel arrived! I would also get so caught up in games like plants vs zombies I would stay awake playing after the baby was asleep! I also used to mark assignments for the online course I taught! I miss all the time I had back then although I was pretty tired!

    • 4th August 2015 / 12:21 pm

      H ha glad it isn’t just me! I should mention that I spend 50% of the time on Candy Crush too :) x

  9. 5th August 2015 / 4:00 pm

    Wow, good for you. I was always in a very dozy state for night feeds, you seem to be very productive !

    • 5th August 2015 / 6:49 pm

      Ha I’m a night owl – I’m useless in the day sometimes! :)

  10. 7th August 2015 / 10:05 am

    You are very productive! I’m usually so dozy the best I can do is hover over trashy gossip sites, but these are great tips to keep it productive. We have two wake ups at night so could get a lot done. X

    • 7th August 2015 / 11:02 am

      I’m so much more ‘with it’ then because it’s nice and quiet! x

  11. Robyn
    15th October 2015 / 8:19 am

    I used to read books on my kindle (or kindle app on iPhone). I would only read while feeding, so if I had a good book on the go I would actually look forward to the next feed, even in the middle of the night, so I could find out what happens next in the book!!! I also used to watch a bit of tv (bad mummy?!), even at night time it didn’t seem to bother or distract baby at all. Now at 11 months, we still have at least one night feed, but it’s too short to get into a book, tv is too distracting for baby, so I’m reading blogs and keeping up with social media – thank goodness for technology!

    • 15th October 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Oh the same with me – I almost miss the longer night feeds now as I got so much done ha ha! :)

  12. Seychellesmama
    16th October 2015 / 4:04 am

    These are great ideas!! I love to blog, or at least plan ideas for blog posts during night feeds! If I didn’t do anything I’d totally fall asleep!!

    • 16th October 2015 / 10:44 pm

      Ha me too – the light from my phone keeps me awake at least :)

  13. 16th October 2015 / 7:30 pm

    I’ve tried writing emails during night feeds and they start out ok, but end up rambling and making less sense toward the end! Fortunately I have understanding friends, but I’m not sure blogging would be such a good idea. And as for shopping…who knows what we’d end up with!
    I do spend time on Twitter though, and make notes of things to follow up on the next day.

    • 16th October 2015 / 10:44 pm

      Oh I love making notes and lists – it helps me get to sleep knowing I’ve been productive :)

  14. 15th June 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Those are all great tips! When my kids were babies, I watched TV or played video games or made animated tags for a Myspace group I was a part of. Yeah, that tells you how long ago it was since I had a baby, LOL! If I had a blog back then though I would have done that

    • 16th June 2016 / 10:26 am

      Ha ha that’s awesome! I’m so glad technology helps pass the time sometimes :) x

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