Posts tagged new mom
How to Get Your Baby to Bed Earlier

I speak at a newborn mommy and me class a few times a month and a common question that is ALWAYS asked, is “how do I move bedtime earlier?”  Most newborns (ages 0-3 months) are going to bed relatively late, anywhere from 9-11pm at night. We put them to bed this late because we want to take advantage of their longest stretch of sleep by going to bed when they do.  Most moms don’t really want to crawl in bed at 7pm, so we naturally put them to bed when we do. This usually works out fine until about 3 months of age when we grow tired of the late bedtime and want some time to ourselves before we go to bed.  The question becomes…but how?

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Should My Baby be on a Sleep Schedule?

Understanding the difference between a strict schedule and following a natural rhythm for sleep can be hard to do and then figuring out what’s right for your baby can be even harder.  A lot can depend on whether or not you have a Type A personality OR if your baby will have one too! You may be happier having your day scheduled out but your baby may not. Or the opposite can be true.  I would say parents have the toughest time if they don’t have the same pattern as their baby. First let’s talk about schedules versus rhythms.

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When Expectations Don't Meet Reality

I don’t even know if this is possible, but try and think back to a time before you had any babies.  Maybe you were pregnant (or your wife was) or waiting for your adopted/foster child.  What did you really know about babies, how to take care of them and then how to even raise them?  Probably not a whole lot to be honest.

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