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Your Baby’s First Week (What To Do)

Friday, September 8th, 2017

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Welcome to the first week of the Parachute Mom Sleep Training Program!

 

It’s called: The 12 Week Sleep Solution!

 

 

 

The following article is and excerpt from the 12 Week Sleep Solution –the official Parachute Mom Sleep Training Course!

 

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It might sound a little crazy but the first week of your baby’s life is the first week to start sleep training. The most optimal time to start is the day after you get home from the hospital but if that isn’t possible -no sweat- just start as soon as you can in the first week.

ONE VERY IMPORTANT NOTE before we begin: You might be thinking, maybe my baby is more difficult to sleep train than others. Let me just say, I have had 3 kids 4 kids all with vastly different personalities from birth and all of them have slept through the night at 8 weeks following the advice that I’m sharing with you now.

The truth is: all babies are hard to sleep train but if you’re willing to put in the effort, you will be rewarded with sleep and peace for you and your baby!

Whether you feel your baby is easy or difficult…. follow the week by week steps I have for you and your baby should be sleeping 8 hours or more by 8-10 weeks of age.

 

Let’s begin!

Have success in parenting your newborn baby during it's first week!

 

There are three key things you should focus on in the first week of your new baby’s life.

The first week is all about…

  • Getting to know your baby,

  • Recovering from giving birth,

  • And trying to rest as much as possible.

So remember those three things are the priority above everything, yes even the sleep schedule!

But you also need to remember that the sooner you focus on the sleep schedule, the sooner you will be able to sleep through the night…oh yeah, and so will your baby 🙂

The first week is the easiest week when it comes to knowing what to do with your baby.

Let me just give you a little phrase that always helps me during this first week “Nurse, awake, sleep, nurse, awake, sleep, nurse, awake, sleep”…all day long…

We are going to break it down into those 3 easy steps.

  1. Nurse

  2. Awake

  3. Sleep

Step One: Nurse

You will simply feed (nurse or bottle feed) baby every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. A lot of people have a hard time understanding what this actually means… You simply note when you START her feeding and begin your next feeding 2 1/2 to 3 hours later. for example, if your baby started feeding at 1pm, your next feeding will begin between 3:30 and 4pm.

Step Two: Awake

The next thing you have to think about is trying to keep your baby awake after her feeding for up to 45 minutes. This is the challenging part.

Most newborn babies can sleep anywhere between 16 to 21 hours a day. So even if you keep your baby awake for 15 minutes, it is better than nothing.

During the nighttime feedings you will definitely not be trying to keep your baby awake.

Step Three: Sleep

Now let me just say this, this is the area where I see the most failure, probably because it is the most difficult part of scheduling, but it is the most important part! You are teaching your baby to fall asleep on her own without the comfort of bottle feeding or nursing to sleep.

It is much easier to teach this skill from day one as opposed to week 12!

One thing you will need to remember is that at night, you need to wake your baby up at least 3 hours after you feed her –if she is not waking on her own by that time.

Doing this is very important, especially if you are nursing. Your milk supply will come in when it’s supposed to and your baby will get the nourishment that she needs.

Yes, this does mean setting your alarm and waking your precious sleeping baby (#adulting). Trust me, you will thank me when your baby is sleeping at least 8 wonderful hours at night by 8 weeks old!

First week: when baby sleeps well, you sleep well and so does the whole house!

Some Small Exceptions

After saying all this, there will be times when it is simply impossible to get your baby to wake up after a feeding.

Now, with my first baby I refused to give in to this and would torture myself trying to get my sleeping baby to wake up. There are times when it is just not going to happen, so recognize those times, use common sense and just let your baby go to sleep.

It’s All About Self-Control

Okay, so what we’ve covered so far is that you need to feed your baby every 2 1/2 to 3 hours around the clock and during daytime hours you need to keep her awake for up to 45 minutes after each feeding.

Following this pattern is essentially your newborn’s first lesson in Self-Control.

Once you notice your baby is drifting to sleep or becomes fussy, lay her down in her crib and let her fall asleep on her own. This is called self-soothing. It is my belief that a self-soothing child turns into a self-controlled child.

Your baby is learning from the beginning that they have the ability to control their emotions and behaviors.

It is not the full responsibility of the mom to rush in at the sound of every cry. As painful as it is to hear your own baby cry, it is even more painful to have a baby that is incapable of sleeping.

I am telling you right now, I do not believe in the “cry-it-out method” of parenting, but I do believe it is okay to let your baby cry. Your baby will not grow up hating you or feeling that you abandoned them as an infant, in fact, I believe with my full heart that one day your child will thank you for teaching them great sleeping habits.

 

Your Baby will not need some sort of crazy coping mechanism to get them to go to sleep at night, they will simply be able to lay down and fall asleep. That is all you are teaching your baby when you lay them down and say “night night”, you are giving them permission to sleep in peace.

 

So that is all simple enough, right?

  1. Feed baby every 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  2. Keep baby awake for up to 45 minutes after feeding during daytime hours.
  3. Lay baby down in crib while she is still awake and let her sleep for at least 1 1/2 hours

 

Baby's first week sleeping: sleepy time is the best time!

You got this! Go get ’em Mama!

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What is Your Baby Really Saying When She Cries?

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

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What Does Your Baby’s Cry Mean?

 

Today, I have some simple yet very profound advice I received from my own mother years ago.

You know those times when someone else is holding your baby, she starts crying, they hand the baby back and say, “well she must be hungry”. My question is this… Is hunger the only thing a baby has the ability to communicate?

A newborn baby has one form of communication and that form just happens to be crying.

In my experience, that can mean several things such as, pain, tiredness, hunger, the need for physical comfort, boredom.

What do you think would happen to a child if whenever it presents a need to its parent the only response is food. “Oh so you are sad? Here’s a cracker. Enjoy!” “You need to go to the bathroom? Here’s a slice of pizza. Have fun with that!” “You hurt your finger? How about a cookie?” You get the point.

When a baby cries what do I do? How do I stop baby from crying?

When a newborn is crying, it does not necessarily mean she needs to be fed. But how would you know that?

Here’s one answer.

Know your baby’s cry. Study it. Learn it.

Let me tell you something. You will not always know what your baby is trying to communicate, but you can take steps to become more familiar with what she is trying to tell you.

How do you do this you ask? Its simple really. Listen. Listen to how she is crying and then mentally record what the correct solution to the problem was.

Lets say you lay her down for her nap and she begins crying. Many things could be happening. For instance, she could be tired and just soothing herself to sleep. She could be hungry. She could have a poopy diaper.

Investigate a bit. Let her cry for a while and see if she falls asleep. Check her diaper. But don’t assume that she must be hungry!

Nursing is not the solution for every problem, its just not.

In fact, it is simply unhealthy to respond to every problem with food as the answer. Lets begin to change the way you think about nursing. Nursing is for nourishment.

Why is baby crying? What does my baby's cry mean?When you can understand that, then you will begin to understand how to recognize what your baby may be crying about. And who better to know the language of their child than you, their mom!

This is the first small step to communicating well with your child throughout their life: know your baby’s cry!

Have a blessed day Mama!

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Sleep-Training Your Newborn Baby To Sleep Through The Night!

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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Can Newborns Sleep Through The Night?

 

Does a newborn sleep through the night? Should they? If newborns can and should sleep through the night, how can we help them?

If you’re a new mom, questions like this may feel overwhelming and confusing. Not to worry, I’m here to help you learn everything you need to know about teaching your newborn sleep through the night!

This article is divided into 2 sections: first I want to share with you my personal discovery journey into learning how to safely train newborns to sleep through the night. Second, I want to share with you that it is truly possible to help your newborn sleep though the night!

Section 1: My Discovery Journey

 

My personal story should be particularly helpful if you have a newborn baby or if you are pregnant and waiting (oh…the wait…) for your baby to come. And more importantly, if you want to get sleep as the parent of a newborn.

 

Let me paint you a picture.

 

You are in your 20s, healthy, loving life and happily married.

And then suddenly you and your husband decide it’s TIME.

Time to get pregnant. Time to take on a new adventure. Explore the unknown.

You are excited, nervous, unaware of the road ahead, but ready to take it on. You’ve read the books, talked to the people, and “know” what to expect when you are expecting.

So, you go through nine tremendously difficult months of pregnancy.

You witness your well defined muscles morph into something you’ve never seen before— its both shocking and fascinating (how does a baby even fit in there).

Suddenly, getting out of a chair becomes a core workout. Getting out of bed takes a full 30 minutes (joking–sometimes). Carrying groceries becomes your daily crossfit routine.

Not to mention the morning sickness, heartburn, fatigue, swelling, sleepless nights, and the many, many trips to the bathroom.

And of course, all the fun stuff happens too (as in the only things you ever hear anyone talk about when it comes to pregnancy). You find out the gender, decorate the nursery, have the baby shower, and then…

 

BAM!

   You are in labor.

 

Its finally happening, the moment you have been waiting for. You go through hours of the most intense pain imaginable and at the end of all of it… you actually push a tiny human out of your body.

(wouldn’t it be great if everyone applauded you at this point –just sayin’)

PHEW! Its finally over!

 

 

Or is it?

 

 

So now, you and your husband are sitting in the recovery room of the hospital starring at your little bundle of joy, wondering how you ever lived life without this child.

 

Sleep-train your baby to sleep through the night!

 

You’re overwhelmed with joy… when out of nowhere your perfect little newborn begins to cry (check out what to do about crying here).

Wait, what do I do again? Am I supposed to nurse AGAIN? I feel like I just did this!

Is it hungry, tired, sad, scared, in pain? So I’m supposed to nurse this baby how many times a day?

And why does it keep pooping so much?

As all these thoughts swirl through your brain all you can really determine is the fact that you are tired… oh, so very tired.

And the realization that sleep is no longer what it used to be becomes more and more of a reality.

Or was this just my experience?

Maybe your experience was very different than mine, but one thing I know is true of all newborn babies:

Babies are not born with a knowledge of how to sleep through the night.

Teaching a baby to sleep is part of mom and dad’s responsibility –not baby’s.

Would you believe me if I said I have successfully taught all four of my children to sleep solidly through the night before 2 months of age?

 

Sleep-train your baby to sleep through the night!

 

And would you believe me if I said you can have the same experience?

 

Section 2: Can You Sleep-Train Your Newborn?

 

Let’s recap.

So after nine long months of pregnancy, hours of labor, and then finally delivering a baby (husbands click here), you are expected to suddenly understand how to be completely responsible for a new baby’s life.

And not just any newborn baby, your baby.

The one that you have been thinking about every day for the last nine months, or longer! The one who in a moment has changed your life forever; who has redefined what it means to be you. You, the now exhausted woman, laying in a hospital bed wondering what just happened.

After a couple days of hospital life you get to go home and show off your house to your precious baby –your perfectly sterilized, organized, put-together home. You get settled in and excited to see what life is going to be like.

You don’t mind the exhaustion from nursing every couple hours. Its worth it, its for the new love of your life!

Now lets fast-forward 2 weeks… Still feeling fine about the exhaustion?

What about 20 weeks straight of tireless nights and a cranky baby who is agitated because only God knows why (hint: sleep matters).

What if you could save yourself the trouble of waking up every night in just 10 weeks?

Would you put in a little extra effort early on to bring peace to you and your baby for the first few years of his/her life?

Is it worth it to train your newborn to sleep through the night while they are still a newborn, so that you aren’t waking up every night until they turn 3?

 

I say yes!

 

It is DEFINITELY worth it. And if you agree, then I encourage you to check out my newborn sleep-training course. It’s called the 12 Week Sleep Solution. I call it that because I want to equip moms like you to sleep train their newborn babies to sleep 12 hours through the night in 12 weeks or less (instead of 8 months to 3 years…yikes).

Some newborn babies will sleep through the night in 12 weeks, some in 1o weeks and some even as early as 7 weeks –every baby is different. One thing is for sure, its better for you, your baby and your family to get peaceful sleep and a full night’s rest.

Checkout the course page below and if you have any questions, feel free to DM me on instagram.

LINK: 12 Week Sleep Solution Training Course

 

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