Have you got a mobile you could hang over the cot to entertain her until she gets sleepy? Like Bertie I used to use this kind of thing as childcare for ds1 so I could grab 30 minutes more sleep. She's perfectly safe in her cot and will wake you when she starts fussing anyway.
I don't know, that's what I used to do anyway I figured a newborn isn't exactly going to crawl off and cause havoc and he just wants to be near me, so I might as well sleep, he won't know the difference. Is that really bad?
I think they learn the difference between night and day quicker this way too because if I opened my eyes a crack to check on DS when I was falling asleep I'd see him also closing his eyes as though to copy me! And then he'd soon fall asleep himself, but I'd have been quite happy sleeping if he was awake as long as I knew he was safe <probably bad mother emoticon>
Hadn't really thought of that although doubt I'd sleep if she was awake. I have to swaddle her to get her to sleep in the Moses basket and if I swaddle when she's wide awake she fights it so tend to get her sleepy, then swaddle then put her down.
She's now been awake for nearly 2 hours but only probably fed for an hour tops!! Just frustrating.