3 Simple Steps to Get the Silent Night You Are Dreaming About!
Are you getting enough sleep?
The holiday season is fun but, if we are being honest, it can also be stressful especially with a baby in the picture! All the hustle and bustle, parties, and travelling can really put a kink in your baby's sleep patterns and can make having a Silent Night seem like the impossible dream.
As always, we've got you covered. From The Best Holiday Gift List for New Parents to our latest post all about Holiday Foods to Avoid While Pregnant, this year's Holiday Blog Series is all about taking the stress out of the season! So, on that note, let's talk about what you can do to get the Silent Night your are dreaming about in 3 simple steps.
Healthy Sleep Habits
So... Silent Night is probably a little bit misleading if you are living with a newborn. Did you know a newborn will not internalize the difference between night and day (this is called the circadian rhythm) for as long as 3 months? So, even though they can sleep for up to 18 hours each day, frequent nighttime waking is totally normal for babies throughout the first year of life and beyond. This is tough for us as parents because we need our nighttime sleep! Even though a completely silent night may be a few months away, by creating healthy sleep habits for you and your baby you will cut out some of the stress (and noise) that comes with nighttime wakings.
When you start working to create healthy sleep habits, the first step is to create a routine that you will be able to use regularly at home or elsewhere. Most bedtime routines involve feeding, bathing, reading or singing, maybe some more feeding (especially if baby is breastfed) and then, for the first few months of life, some rocking or cuddling to sleep. This wind down routine helps your baby calm and settle so that they can drift off more easily when the time comes for the lights to go out.
Touch & Smell
Something that often gets left out of the bedtime routines that we create for our little people is the use of our senses! Touch and smell can both be incredibly soothing and calming for you and your baby. As doulas, we recommend incorporating some massage and aromatherapy into your routine whenever possible!
The products in our Wellness Collection are meant to make healing and wellness simple and beautiful and our Sleepy Time Set is no exception! BONUS: You can take them with you anywhere over the holidays to keep your bed time routine consistent!
Sleepy Time Spray is our own blend of essential oils blended to reduce stress and help bring the sleepy dust. Give the bottle a little shake and spritz your clothes or baby's bedding lightly to create an atmosphere of calm.
Sleepy Time Rub is a beautiful massage oil infused with organic ginger and lavender to warm and soothe wrestless limbs before bedtime. Squeeze in a little massage between bath and bed and enjoy a few minutes of bonding as well as the benefits of infant massage!
Sound like something you would like to include in your bedtime routine? Head over to Play Cafe (Chemong Rd., Peterborough) to pick up your own set today!
Fill Your Own Cup
Do you find yourself getting impatient and stressed out when you are gearing up for putting your little one down for the night? You are not alone! In fact, it is not uncommon for parents dreaming of a silent night to feel outright resentful when baby is taking a long time to get to sleep or when they wake in the night. The best way to melt that stress is to practice self care.
While your baby is young, go to bed early... REALLY early... whenever possible. This way, even when night wakings happen, you will be able to rack up more total hours of sleep than if you went to bed later. If you are a person who can nap, do it! Daytime baby snuggles are the best so indulge and get some extra sleep. Finally, if you are part of a parenting duo, try to take the night in turn. For a breastfeeding mother this can feel impossible but even though your partner can't feed the baby, they could change a diaper, sing a song, or even grab you a quick glass of water to make the night a little less bumpy. If your partner is not able to take the night in stride with you or if you are a solo parent, consider hiring a postpartum doula to fill that gap and help you get the rest you need.
A "Silent Night" is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Sleep is one of the top three worries shared by virtually every parent. When your baby is well rested they are happier and healthier which means you and your family will also be healthy and happy! Create a consistent bedtime routine, incorporate smell and touch, and make sure you are getting enough sleep, too. When in doubt, call in the troops in the form of friends, family, or a postpartum doula to lend a helping hand.
Wishing you silent nights and pleasant dreams!
Jenn & Steph