May 10, 2011 04:00 PM


Many new moms complain about sleep deprivation, but such is the opposite for ladies like Lisa Loeb.

Since shifting the focus from her career to taking care of her 17-month-old daughter Lyla Rose, Loeb says she’s ironically getting more sleep as a mom than she did when she was primarily a musician.

“I’m the person who would normally stay up until 3 in the morning and sleep until 9 in the morning,” Loeb, 43, tells PEOPLE.

“But now with the baby, it’s super early to bed. It’s a little bit of a challenge to try to balance my work with my family, but my family comes first.”

Loeb’s sleep is only affected when she makes the mistake of singing to Lyla Rose before bedtime.

“It’s not great for us because it actually wakes the baby up and makes her get engaged and want to stay up,” she explains. “It’s really fun and exciting, but we usually stay away from too much music at night because it’s just another activating activity, instead of putting her to sleep.”

Overall, Loeb can’t stop gushing about her little one. “My daughter is so beautiful and sweet and funny,” the “Stay” singer says. “She talks a lot, and every day is wonderful and happy.”

Part of what contributes to the time Loeb is able to put into taking care of her daughter is offers to do voiceover projects.

Guest-starring as the voice of bird princess Winger in the hit Disney Channel series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Loeb says, “It’s a great job because it really works with my flexible music schedule.”

“It allows me to be at home a lot of the time, and still get to work with other people,” she continues. “It’s almost the best of both worlds. I get to be a full-time parent, but also get to work.”

Loeb’s episode airs Saturday, May 21.

Courtesy Dsiney

— Dahvi Shira

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