The first few months of a baby’s life sure are a whirlwind—the constant feedings, the lack of sleep, the endless diaper changes, etc. One you’re out of that newborn phase, you look back and realize how quickly it flew by. But in the thick of it, you feel like it’s never going to end.
That’s why it’s so important for new moms to take little breaks when they can. That’s easier said than done, of course. But even taking a hot shower while a neighbor holds the baby can brighten a new mom’s day and make her feel just a teeny bit human again.
Lily was born in California, where we lived for the first six weeks of her life before moving cross country. And for me, the ocean is therapeutic. So when I needed a break from the chaos of the twins running around, the baby crying, the moving boxes, etc., I stole away to the beach.
In the very beginning, it may have been just a few moments standing with my toes in the sand, or sitting on a bench on the Redondo Beach Esplanade to watch the waves crash ashore. As I regained strength, walking along the beach while Keith or a visiting relative watched the kids invigorated me. Sometimes I’d bring Lily along and push her in her stroller, as she also seemed to be calmed by the ocean.
The beach was certainly a huge part of my “formula for happiness” in Lily’s newborn days. But every mom has a unique formula that includes her own personal pick-me-ups—a 15-minute bubble bath, a quiet moment in the garden, a trip to the grocery store sans kids, or any other simple pleasure.
But there is one thing that’s part of every new mom’s formula for happiness—SLEEP. That means sleep for her baby and, therefore, sleep for herself. Sleep helps give babies energy and puts them in the mood to learn, explore, and enjoy their day as they grow and develop. And sleep gives moms more patience and energy to care for their little ones and themselves.
Unfortunately, babies aren’t born with the ability to sleep through the night. And there are all sorts of theories and methods out there on how to get your baby to do just that. But whatever strategy you use, the goal is the same—a good night’s sleep.
The folks at Gerber® Good Start® Gentle seem to understand just how essential sleep is for moms and babies. So, they’ve enlisted a certified sleep consultant, Christina Gantcher, to provide free one-on-one baby sleep consultations to expectant and new parents via telephone. During these consultations, Ms. Gantcher will share her tips on creating a safe and sleep-friendly environment for baby, suggest gentle sleep solutions and strategies for babies ages 0 to 6 months, and provide support for sleep challenges in older infants.
I think it’s awesome that Gerber is providing this type of service—which normally would cost moms a pretty penny—for free! You can schedule your 15-minute phone conversation with Ms. Gantcher, or with Gerber® Good Start® Gentle’s nutritionist or certified lactation consultant, at gerber.com/experts.
Here’s to finding your own formula for happiness, and to many restful nights with your new baby!
Disclosure: I received compensation for this post as part of a promotional program with Gerber® Good Start® Gentle and MomSelect. All opinions are my own!