This past weekend, I attended a baby shower for one of my closest friends and it got me thinking about my first pregnancy. Among my concerns were what kind of parent I would be, whether I would be able to nurse him, and whether we had everything we would need to welcome our first baby into the world. For some reason, I felt like I needed to have everything at the ready--even though the nearest baby store was only a mile away! Maybe this was part of the "nesting" process that all parents-to-be experience, but I really wanted to be prepared.
After reading whatever I could get my hands on about caring for newborns, I learned a lot about myself as a parent and as a nurturer. I wanted to make sure we were meeting my son's basic needs and providing him with a sense of safety and comfort at the same time.
One of the routines that I wanted to establish from the start as a new mom was good newborn sleep habits. I knew that childbirth would be hard on my body and getting accustomed to taking care of someone else was going to be a big adjustment for my husband and me. We would need the rest just as much as the baby!
But the question still loomed, how do I teach a newborn to sleep? Many people told me things like, make sure you rest up now, because when that baby comes, you wont be sleeping for a loooooong time. This “advice” was somewhat concerning, sure, but it also made me determined to find a way to prevent that dreaded cycle of sleep deprivation, for us and for the baby.
Thankfully, when it was time to bring our little bundle of joy home, we had an excellent support system of family and friends who helped in any way they could. And as it turns out, our little guy slept through the night at 5 weeks old and continues to do so! No we didn’t try any crazy methods; we just took the advice of a few knowledgeable parents and pediatricians and it worked. Now, it’s time to pass the knowledge on to you, my dear readers.
Each day this week, I will be posting about the tricks that encourage great sleeping habits in newborns!
Whether you are an expecting parent or know one, this list of “must-have” baby items will be your go-to guide for baby registries and shower gifts. I will explain how (and why) I used each item and the effect they had on my children.
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Tip #1: The Holy Grail of Newborn Sleep Books
I’d like to kick things off with what I consider the holy grail of advice for establishing positive sleep habits: The Newborn Sleep Book by Dr. Lewis Jassey and Dr. Jonathan Jassey. This book would be a great gift for any pregnant couple. It includes some of the best advice I’ve heard about setting your child up for sleep-success.
[Full disclosure, it was written by our family pediatrician, and let me tell you, his advice works! As I mentioned earlier, my boys slept through the night (8 hours+) since they were only a few weeks old using the methods described in this book. Fortunately for us, we were able to call and visit Dr. Jassey’s office when we had a question, but for my friends and family who live near or far, this book has been a great tool because it contains all of his “secrets” for establishing good sleep habits.]
I have purchased several copies since its publication for friends who were expecting because the advice is clear-cut and practical, but also easy to follow. When friends ask me about how to get their child to sleep through the night, I always refer to the information in this book. It makes a great baby shower gift!
Stay tuned for more recommendations throughout the week on products that help establish good newborn sleep habits.
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