Did you know a new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year? Or that some studies suggest women need up to an hour’s extra sleep a night compared to men, and not getting it may be one reason women are much more susceptible to depression than men? Or that if you’re sleep deprived, key parts of your brain may be dozing even when you’re awake? It’s a real Catch 22 that babies = chronic sleep loss, but sleep is imperative for your physical and mental health. What can you do to get a little more of those precious zzzzzz’s? Here’s a mom’s guide to surviving sleep deprivation to help you through this phase that, we promise you, will end someday. We’re also giving away one of our new Stay Asleep Buddies sleep trainers to help get your little one into a more restful routine!
There are many different attitudes, styles, and opinions when it comes to parenting, but there is one thing that is universally important – your child’s safety. And for babies and toddlers, accidents are imminent. They’re explorers, and they’re learning by touching, tasting, and taking risks. For a baby or toddler, this is perfectly normal and healthy behavior. It’s how they learn about the world. But it also means they naturally put themselves at risk every chance they get. Our jobs as parents is to make sure their exploration happens in a safe environment. We all do our best to make our homes as safe as possible, but sometimes we miss a few steps. Today, we’re sharing a few baby safety measures most parents overlook. Read more
What kid wouldn’t want an old rowboat reading nook, or an art table made from a cupboard door, or how about a fancy armoire for their dress up clothes? Kids love creative, unique furnishings! Better yet, if you DIY these pieces, they’re super budget-friendly and super eco-friendly (it’s called ‘upcycling’). Figuring out how to take someone’s junk and turning it into your child’s treasure is definitely a skill worth learning. Today we’re sharing some totally genius DIY kid’s furniture hacks that will get your creative gears going to make your own one-in-a-million piece!
Sleep is not a luxury even for new mothers – it’s a medical necessity. As Postpartum Depression for Dummies states, chronic sleep deprivation can cause postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety as well as other mental health complications, and it’s the most ignored causal factor for postpartum depression. Read more