Becoming a parent for the first time is scary and exciting all at once whether you’re parenting with disabilities or not. Even if you’ve planned your family for years, you might suddenly find yourself doubting your ability to care for another human being, especially one as tiny and fragile as a newborn. While parenting with […]
In the initial couple of months after your baby is born, you may feel like all your baby does is eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom! In fact they are doing that as they adjust to life in the world and grow at an alarming rate, but much more is going on than meets the eye! While most very new babies tend to sleep for the majority of the day (up to 20 hours!), and have little that resembles a schedule, you may notice that your baby starts to awaken to the world outside the uterus for longer periods in the daytime. He/she will be examining your face when you are close. You may even get a first smile here and there. They are soaking you in and learning all about the joys of human interaction. During this time period, you will be adjusting to your baby’s new needs as they change every few days, growing from a sleeping baby to a small wonder who wants to check our their world and their favorite people – you! They often need help feeling calm in this new world, and rocking, baby-wearing, swaddling, and soothing often may fill your days as you help them adjust to their new wide world.
I have many clients ask me about the basics of babyproofing. Babyproofing has become an industry unto itself, and it can be easy to get caught up, feeling like you have to purchase every item on the market. There are even babyproofing specialists who can come into your home and get the job done, and […]
Parents often ask me about infant sleep and what to expect in terms of their new baby sleeping. The elusive “sleeping through the night” is every parent’s dream and desire. Getting to that point is a constant work in progress! Here are the top 10 things you should know about your new baby and sleep: […]
You’re a new parent, and you’re supposed to be a bit tired these days, but what happens if you can’t sleep, even when your baby is sleeping? In this article, I’ll offer some suggestions to help you get some sleep and also explore the link between postpartum depression and sleep. If you have tried all […]
I’m sure you’ve heard it about one thousand times by now, but as a new parent, you will have sleep deprivation with a baby! Before having kids, I never had trouble sleeping, and I considered myself lucky to be able to function quite well on about 7 hours of sleep a night. After having children, […]