3 Products to Help Encourage Sleep
When I had my first baby at the age of thirty-three, I genuinely accepted and welcomed this new change in my life. I had worked 10-13 hours shifts as a registered nurse, lived in Manhattan, and thought I understood what it felt like to be tired.
I had no idea that the most challenging aspect of parenthood for me would become the lack of sleep.
A friend and I joked about how sleep deprivation is a form of torture. It wasn't so funny though when I couldn't enjoy wake times with my baby, and I couldn't recall simple tasks throughout our day.
Clinically, it all makes sense that sleep deprivation impacts not only our physical well-being but our psychological and emotional wellness. Here are a few side effects from lack of sleep:
- Difficulty performing routine tasks - Remembering to eat and start the laundry felt like a challenge
- Moodiness and Indecisiveness - I'm not moody. You. Are. Moody. Oh wait, maybe I am a tad cranky.
- Weakened immune system - The mothership needed to dock and get some down time. I began to feel achy and more prone to catching colds and viruses.
- Impaired cognitive function - I may or may not have found a tube of diaper cream in the fridge while the ketchup was by the changing table.
There are some funny parenting parodies online about our lack of sleep, but the reality is that we have to take care of ourselves so we can take care of our baby. I would argue that getting some restful sleep is the most critical element to helping a new mom.
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Knowing that sleep will play a key part in how you feel about your days and nights as a parent, I advocate for ways to help promote a restful environment for everyone. Encouraging sleep for baby will positively impact the entire family dynamic.
Here are three products to help encourage sleep:
Glider/Rocking Chair - Whether it's a rocking chair or glider, I can't tell you the difference this made in my life. While I didn't use a glider with my first child, I sat in a glider multiple times a day with my second child for feedings, reading time, and comfort. We moved when my youngest was three years old, and we sold the glider. I still wish I had it. Every day.
Not to be confused with a sleep aid, the glider made it easier for me to relax, thus allowing my baby to feel relaxed. I considered that chair our safe spot.
Soft, High-Quality, Natural Fabric Towel - It may seem obvious, but a high-quality natural fabric that feels soft and comforting to baby after bath sets the tone for calm and restful sleep. As adults, we appreciate soft towels, and the soft skin of baby will enjoy it as well. A good towel is like being handed an invitation...for relaxation and sleep.
Books - Beyond the benefits of setting up a lifelong love of learning and creating a routine, here are four ways that reading books promote sleep:
- Books are a tool to communicate and baby will be soothed by your voice.
- We can provide comfort and care while reading books.
- Reading sets up a bedtime routine.
- Books offer a calm activity that isn’t overly stimulating.
If someone asked me to describe an early parental moment of pure joy, I'd have to say it was watching my sleeping baby. It's a pleasure to advocate not only for babies as a nurse and fellow mom, but also for parents.
Which products have you found helpful in encouraging sleep? Check out a few of our favorites below:
On Becoming Babywise – The Infant Sleep Book
#1 Bestselling Book on Infant Sleep Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep Distinguished pediatrician Dr Robert Bucknam, M.D. and co-author Gary Ezzo are two of the world's leading experts on infant management concepts. In this revised 5th edition, they have updated their groundbreaking approach which has found favor with over six million parents in all 50 states and has been translated into 16 languages around the world. For...
Tuscany Glider & Ottoman w/ Support Pillow - White
The Storkcraft Tuscany Glider and Ottoman makes feeding time easy for mother and child while adding a touch of charm to the room. The soft polyester gives a comfortable feel while being durable. With enclosed metal ball-bearings, this wooden glider allows for incredibly smooth rocking. Solid wood construction gives these pieces a sturdy feel that you’ll appreciate far beyond the baby years. With a range of finishes and cushion colors...
Under the Nile
Hooded Towel & Washcloth Set
Give baby the bath time gift of purity. This 100% organic Egyptian cotton hooded towel comes complete with a washcloth buddy. Also makes a great gift for any baby or mom-to-be. Details: Towel measures 32" x 32" Includes towel and wash mitt 100% Egyptian organic cotton GOTS certified Made at fair trade farm in Egypt Absolutely NO Azo colorants, BPA, flame retardants, formaldehyde, fragrance, PVC or lead Hooded towel measures...
Under the Nile
Organic Hooded Towel
Your special wee one will enjoy fast drying in this soft and absorbent terry hooded towel. Made of the finest 100% organic Egyptian cotton. Details: Measures 32" x 32" Sage binding 100% Egyptian organic cotton GOTS certified Made at fair trade farm in Egypt Absolutely NO Azo colorants, BPA, flame retardants, formaldehyde, fragrance, PVC or lead
Earth Mama Angel Baby
Calming Lavender Shampoo & Body Wash
Sometimes you want a bath to clean, sometimes you want a bath to calm, sometimes you want both! Naturally calming, organic Vanilla and Lavender pure essential oils make Calming Lavender Body Wash & Shampoo perfect for a calming bath. Gentle, versatile and made with soothing organic Calendula, Earth Mama’s safe and effective castile-based body wash baby shampoo is naturally detergent-free, and perfect for a newborn's first bath, foamy fun baby...
Linda Scruggs RN, BSN serves as a resource for parents in the digital space, creating helpful health and wellness content. She has specialized for over 12 years in reproductive medicine, and family and women's health as a nurse. A mom of two young children, her work can be seen on her own blog via her site, lindascruggs.com, as a contributor to The Huffington Post, and created the patient education program in one of the top fertility centers in the country. Linda is all about empowerment in motherhood and would love to connect on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as @UnboxedMom
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