Get some help with other stuff round the house for the first couple of weeks. This is where your or her parents (or both) can be invaluable, helping with housework and cooking meals to give you both a chance to rest.
Even if it’s just for an hour, take baby for a walk or to do the shopping and leave Mom to have a lie down in the afternoon. This will earn you extra brownie points, plus you get some Daddy time.
If you’ve got a spare room or a comfy sofa, sleep there for a couple of nights during the week if possible. You need to help her as much as possible, but no one’s going to thank you if you get fired for sleeping on the job. Then you can take over at the weekends.
Give each other the occasional complete night off from feeding, so you get turns at going to bed early and sleeping through all night. Remember always, team work makes the dream work.
Grab rest and sleep when it’s available. If the baby is asleep, the two of you can have a lie down too. The dishes can get done some other time. Make sure this only happens at home. You don’t want to get caught snoring in a meeting or in the middle of traffic.
If you’re back at work make sure you have a healthy lunch every day if possible. Avoid heavy meals that will make it a certainty that by half three in the afternoon you will be slumped over your desk drooling on your keyboard.
As I mentioned last week, lay off the booze for a while. You might think that third glass of wine will help you sleep, but you’ll think differently when you get woken up at two in the morning. Newborns and hangovers are not friends. Trust me.
Try to relax before bedtime. You’ll never get to sleep if you’re stressed, lying waiting for the baby to wake up. Don’t worry, if it wakes up, you’ll hear it. Have a warm shower and a warm drink (microwaving whisky doesn’t count).
Try to get into a routine as quickly as possible. Human beings are creatures of habit and if we do something regularly our bodies soon get used to it and the lack of sleep will become more bearable.
You’ll be so tired this won’t be a problem. You want to watch another episode of The Walking Dead? What do you think DVR’s and Netflix were invented for? Besides, chances are you’ve seen that one before.