Top tips to get you through the sleepless nights

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A new baby brings immeasurable joy for both parents, but it also brings weeks, if not months of sleepless nights. Whether you’re trying to stay awake for the next feed, or you’re just taking it in shifts to keep an eye on your bundle of joy, staying up through the night isn’t easy. Luckily there are a few useful gadgets that can help.

DeLonghi Latisima Pro
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An espresso machine

If you didn’t drink coffee before your first baby arrived, you’ll probably start after the fact. And if you’re going to dose yourself up with caffeine to stay awake, you may as well enjoy it. There’s no shortage of great coffee machines on the market these days, but opting for a capsule-based system will ensure the simplest of brewing procedures, even when you’re half asleep. If you’re a lover of coffee already, try Nespresso for the perfect combination of quality and convenience.
Worth a look: DeLonghi Latisima Pro
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Fitness tracker

While wearing a fitness tracker will undoubtedly produce some interesting data after your first baby comes home, it’s not what it does during the day that’s particularly interesting here. Most decent models will track your sleeping patterns at night, which can give you some insight into the best shift rotations for baby feeding. The killer feature, however, is the vibrating alarm function built into many models. With your band silently vibrating on your wrist it will effectively wake you when necessary without disturbing your partner – genius!
Worth a look:   Jawbone UP24
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eBook reader

Keeping yourself occupied during those late nights and early mornings isn't always easy, especially if you don’t want to wake up the rest of the house. You could read a book, but you don’t want to be switching any lights on if your partner is asleep next to you. But don’t rule books out of the equation, you just need one that you can easily read in the dark. The latest breed of eBook readers have built-in lights that make it easy to read in the dark without straining your eyes the way a standard tablet screen would.
Worth a look:  Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Sennheiser RS 180
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Sennheiser RS 180

Wireless headphones

If reading’s not your thing and you’d rather sneak in some late night TV watching to pass the time between feeds, you won’t want to be waking your baby or your partner while you’re doing so. But rather than struggling to hear the dialogue with the volume set low, why not plug a set of wireless headphones? Get an open back pair so you can still hear the baby monitor while you’re watching.
Worth a look: Sennheiser RS 180
Celestron Astromaster 130EQ
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A telescope

If you’re going to be awake in the middle of the night, why not do something educational with your time. Even if you only have a passing interest in astronomy, a clear night sky and a telescope can get you hooked. While you can spend a literal fortune on a telescope, an entry-level model won’t break the bank. Just remember, it’s for watching the stars, not your neighbours!
Worth a look: Celestron Astromaster 130EQ
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