Resources for New Parents
I read so many books, and took the recommended local health services new parents course with my husband, but after that baby came I actually forgot everything. All my studying was useless! Below are the key resources I used to get me through multiple struggles. They are quick and concise, since after the baby comes your research times is super limited...
Words cannot express how much the Mama Coach changed our lives. We went from a child that would sleep a maximum of 2 hours at 6 weeks old, to 8 hours straight at night 4 days later after inviting Carrie into our home. The price was extremely reasonable (packages are posted on her webpage) and she followed us for a full month. Lastly, leaving us with lots of resources for what do do during illnesses, sleep regression (and when to expect it), time changes, and traveling. It's never too early OR too late to teach your children good sleep habits!
Ask for help, you'll be glad you did!
A mom friend of mine's pediatrician recommended this book. If your sleep issues aren't as severe as ours were this is a great resource for milestones and what to expect.
This is also a great pre-read before baby comes to help you prepare...
One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children's sleep problems
Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that
- Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child
- Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
- Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock--naturally
- Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep--including the inclination to rock and feed
- Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments--from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers
- Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule
Rest is vital to your child's health growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems
This app really lives up to its name, it is truly awesome! I'm a bit of a data nut, but to watch for daily trends is crucial to developing a good routine and help you plan your day.
Knowing when your baby is going to be awake and content is great for planning doctors, appointments, play dates, and errands. Plus you can write notes to keep track of medications and observations, because let's be honest taking care of a baby is so busy you can't remember everything...
Awesome Baby Tracker
Add this as a favorite on your phone! There are dark days where you feel like all your doing is feeding, and these milestone landmarks will help give you clarity as to when there's a light at the end of the tunnel...
Exercise Routines for Moms
Looking to exercise again but don't know how to fit it in to your daily routine? The Wilkinson Sisters can help you! These Mamas are certified Beachbody coaches and have a full schedule of workouts that are easy to work around your child's schedule. They also run fun challenges and can create personalized programs, it's worth looking into!