5 SLEEP tips for the NEW MOM

5 SLEEP tips for the NEW MOM
As a new mom there are so many things to be thinking about. A sleep routine is likely one of the last things that you end up thinking about.. I know it was for me.

When I first brought my daughter home from the hospital my main concern was getting breastfeeding down pat and sleep came in second.

At first, she wouldn’t sleep in her bassinet because it was too flat and much too big for her. So she slept in her swing sitting beside our bed… Yeah, I know now how bad that is so I definitely do not recommend it.

Eventually we got her to sleep in her bassinet but it took some time and a little research. Here are five things I did to help my daughter.

  1. A sound machine- she went from listening to my insides to being in the big wide open world. The sound machine helped her relax.

  2. A night light- for night time feeds it’s best to keep the room as dark as possible so the body knows it’s still night.

  3. A wedge- for my daughter, we found she couldn’t lay flat because she would get reflux. The wedge went under her bassinet mattress and kept her inclined enough to prevent discomfort.

  4. Dark sleeping environment- babies need it super dark to sleep well.

  5. Practice and routine- it took us some time to get her to sleep in her bassinet because she wasn’t used to it. We practiced consistently getting her to sleep in it. Little by little she began to sleep longer and longer in it. Routine was also really important. It let her body know that sleep time was coming. 
When I started this mom journey there is no doubt in my mind that I was living in survival mode. I was stressed about keeping my little rainbow baby alive and being a good mom but over time, I found the resources I needed to leave survival mode and move into thriving. 

If you’re feeling stressed like I was about being a mom, I’ve created a free guide to help you remember you're not a failure. I’ve also created a Facebook community of moms to support each other in this crazy journey. 

Are you crazy... 2 under 2?!? Let’s be honest

Are you crazy... 2 under 2?!? Let’s be honest
2 babies under 2 years old. 

It won’t be that bad, I thought. Not at first anyways. Newborns sleep all the time. 

Yeah, I know... how naive of me! 

SOME newborns sleep all the time while others do not or only sleep when you’re holding them. 

Then there’s the toddler. The one who is so easy and pleasant 1 on 1 but is still too young to understand that mommy is exhausted and you need to share now. 

Babies cry. It’s what they do. It’s how they communicate. It’s not so bad when it’s one kid. Totally manageable. 

BUT both of them?!? AT THE SAME TIME?!? Holy heavens, please send help! 

The biggest problem I’ve encountered at this point is when they’re both hungry and want sleep... who do you feed first? It’s a catch 22. 

I’d be lying if I said there hasn’t been a handful of times when both kids are crying that I haven’t joined them. I totally have. 

There are a number of things I do to help manage the stress of being a mama bear to two baby bears. I’ll talk more about those things in future posts. 

But in the heat of the moment I take a second and I breathe. A nice big breath. There’s a whole routine I’ve perfected. 

I’ll share that with you, here