We are in unprecedented times as we’re all navigating through a worldwide pandemic and nearly all of us are facing a lot of disruption to our normal daily lives.
There is no school or daycare options for many families and parents are also having to work from home if they are not an essential worker.
Add to that any sleep deprivation in a household and the situation can feel even more overwhelming than it already is as if you’re operating in a sleep deprived state, daily tasks and getting through the day can be that much more challenging.
I had wanted to pull together a few key areas as a reminder, or to be used as tips to help navigate through this time to help your family get as much as possible so that sleep is not one of your contributing factors to extra stress and anxiety. Although this is most relevant to young children and babies, some of the points can also benefit the entire household.
Babies and children thrive in a routine environment and they love...
It wasn’t planned this way, but as timing has it, I am currently writing this blog post just as we have gone through our 15-month-old daughter cutting 3 teeth all at once over the course of one week! And guess what…we didn’t have one sleepless night. I’m not saying this to brag, I’m saying it because it disproves the belief that I had with our first baby!
When we had our first baby, if we had a bit of a rough patch, or anything happened that didn’t seem ‘normal’ I would blame teething.
Grizzly in the afternoon…teething
Woke early from a nap…teething
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that we used far more Pamol (similar to Tylenol), natural teething powders and teething gels than we should have. We also constantly had teething rings in the freezer. The reality was that because my baby couldn’t yet talk to me to tell me what was...
I knew very little about sleep before I had babies. Why would you? You never think twice about it. That is, until you don’t get enough of it. Then you can become strangely fanatical about it. Or is that just me?! J
The four-month sleep regression was something that was talked about in my mother’s group well and truly before our babies even reached that stage. I was worried about it and didn’t understand it and we had no idea how each of our babies were going to react and come out the other side. How much would their sleep be broken? Would they ever sleep normally again?
So what is it?
In a nutshell, the four-month sleep regression is a developmental leap that occurs anywhere between 3-5 months. During this change, your baby moves from newborn sleep stages to having sleep cycles that are aligned to adult sleep cycles. Just when you thought you were getting into a bit more of a rhythm and predictability with your newborn, they then can start waking a lot...
Swaddling! A technique that is very close to our hearts. We have certainly tried our fair share of swaddle blankets/products and techniques and are quite obsessed with creating the perfect swaddle. We love a good baby burrito!
I myself am a fan of the arms up, snug as a bug classic muslin blanket kind of girl. While Conan is a can’t be bothered with the wrapping kind of Dad and every time goes back to the zip it quick style J
The ancient practice of swaddling has been around for hundreds of years. It can be described as the most effective transition from the womb to the outside world and it is the natural progression for a new baby to enter their 4th trimester.
There are so many benefits to swaddling your baby when they are born but it ultimately comes down to three things. Swaddling makes your baby: