Parminder Nagra Suggests: 'Sleep When Baby Sleeps'

11/24/2009 at 04:00 PM ET

Brian To/Elevation

The past year has shaped up to be quite the eventful whirlwind for Parminder Nagra! Not only did she and her longtime boyfriend James Stenson finally tie the knot in January, the couple welcomed their first child together — Kai David Singh — last May.

“Newlywed, newly mother,” she laughs while talking with Celebrity Baby Blog during the 7th Annual Bag Ladies Luncheon.

Life as a new mom has taken its toll on the former ER actress, who admits that after spending six months at home with her baby boy, she has only just begun to put her “feet back in the water” when it comes to her career. And, according to Parminder, for good reason! “Really, I’ve been so exhausted and he is still not really sleeping through the night,” she shares.

As a result of Kai’s midnight festivities, catching up on shut-eye has become top priority for Parminder.  “Sleep when the baby sleeps,” she advises.

“It’s really difficult to do ’cause you’re like, ‘Maybe I can catch up on this.’ Before you know it, he’s woken up again. I read that and my mother-in-law helped me with that as well. My first five weeks she was out helping us. Thank God she was there.”

With the new family of three settling into their routine, a favorite pastime for the mother-son pair has become quiet moments bonding over baby books. “I love reading him Dr. Seuss,” she reveals. Confessing that she never grows tired of the series, which includes all of the classics, mama says she may be into it more than baby!

“I think I’m enjoying it maybe more than he’s enjoying it. It’s so much fun to read,” she raves. “They’re just amazing. Absolutely timeless. Total genius.”

Elated with first-time motherhood, Parminder notes that the addition of baby has been, for the most part, a smooth transition. “It’s great. He’s so much fun,” she says, adding that one of Kai’s latest milestones includes “giggling a lot now” thanks to the family’s furry friends!

“Our dogs seem to amuse him which is quite funny.”

— Anya with reporting by Nina Tyler

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Sonya on

I Love Parminder! Wish we’d get a picture of Kai. I bet he’s gorgeous:-)

Me on

Great advice, I just wish my baby got the memo to sleep most of the time when she was first born. She hated to sleep, took 30 minute naps at a time and woke up several times throughout the night. At 2 weeks old she stayed up for 16 hours straight for two days. Even as a toddler she hates sleeping.

Sarah on

Good advice, but it doesn’t work out for people like me who never had any help when my 2 children were newborns. It’s normal and nice when the in-laws come to help, but that was never the case for me unfortunately. Anyway, glad to hear Parminder is enjoying it all!