Monday, April 18, 2016

Mother's Day Sleep Package anyone?

Here's the Mother's day sleep package conversation on my FB group this morning.

My husband is buying me a package with Tracy for Mother's Day! I can't say for sure, but I'll bet this is going to be the best Mother's Day gift ever. To the mother's who have used her methods before, did you have success? I'm so hoping I can teach my little man to sleep alone without letting him CIO. (cry it out)

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Tiffany Phelan: I think your husband made a great choice! We did it at 6 months and it essentially saved my sanity smile emoticon not to say there haven't been a few setbacks here and there but it was awesome. Plus I like that it gives you some assurance that you are doing the right thing even if it seems like they are fighting it at u get to be there with them

Elizabeth Tunna Rosgen: Yes we had amazing success! Still have a great sleeper over a year later! What a great gift smile emoticon

KB Now much does it run?? I'm curious about it!

Rachel Balven: I  went to Tracy about a month ago and things are MUCH better than they were. I don't have a perfect sleeper, but putting my LO down for bed is easy now, and she only wakes up once or twice a night (only for a few minutes at a time usually). Compared to her waking 5-10 times a night (sometimes staying awake for a couple hours), this is amazing for us. 

There are two things in my life that I really had to convince my husband to fork up money for when he didn't want to. One was a doula and the other was for Tracy- I have no regrets about either purchase and neither does he smile emoticon 

Good luck!

Amy Anthony Graham: Best decision and best money we ever spent! Changed our lives in 2 weeks!! Good luck!

Jennifer HartzheimWe used Tracy for my now 3 yo starting just after 2.5 yrs of crap sleep ( for all of us) the final straw was him waking up screaming 20 x in one night.. We got a lot of improvement very quickly, and continue to make strides .. He had 2.5 yrs of bad sleep habits and we cannot expect everything to change overnight . 

We also use Tracy to help with my 6 mth old .. Nursing friendly and using gentle methods we are giving our youngest the gift of sleep ... Still two nursings a night, but we will slowly withdraw them in the coming months . He puts himself to sleep and typically does not need interventions now . He just got over a viral ear infection and slept very well thru the discomfort . 
There is so much to sleep you really cannot read just one book and get all the knowledge Tracy has .. Money well spent !

Sara Watson Best gift ever! We did it at 9 months and nearly a year later I can't imagine how we survived before it. smile emoticon

RB: I'm on night 4 with my breastfed 10 month old who before now coslept and nursed all night. I am really amazed at how well Tracy's plan has helped!! He is able to fall asleep in his crib with my reassuring presence and after the first really rough night, I've seen nightly improvements! Cheers to sleep, happy marriages, happy babies and happy mamas!

RS: Best investment ever!!!!

To get your own Mother's Day sleep package, call me.
Tracy Spackman 602-524-7610
Certified Gentle Sleep Coach

Gentle Sleep Coaching - Teaching you how to get your kids to sleep.

Friday, April 15, 2016

I'm home from the hospital with my new baby, now what?

Live like you're on vacation!

Live like you're on vacation or the first month after having a baby.

Limit the house work that you do.  You won't regret it.

Limit the laundry that you do, pretend that you're going to a hotel and live out of a suitcase.

Simplify meals. Eat off of paper plates.  Accept offers from people to bring you meals. Make dinner in the morning when you're less tired and put it in the crockpot. Get creative with some takeout. Try that  roasted chicken from the grocery store with some pre-made mashed potatoes and  salads from the deli. Take advantage of those grocery store short cuts.

Keep food ready to go. Keep a jug of smoothie or ready-made sandwich or pasta salad in the refrigerator. This way you can make sure you're eating well as you help your new baby eat well. You are going to be hungry.

Try to minimize entertainment activities and visitation for the first month. At one month old, your baby will still look very new and wonderful for people to come over and admire your baby and take pictures; after breast-feeding has been firmly established. For the visitors who absolutely must see your baby right away, try to limit those visits at least a few days apart. Post pictures and updates on Facebook. Leave a message on your front door that you and your baby are getting to know each other.

This is not the time for home projects like redoing your kitchen or new landscaping. You and your partner will want to take the time to learn to read your baby’s hunger and tired cues.  Your project has just arrived and you all need to get to know each other, bond, and enjoy this time.

Delay worrying about thank you cards. No one is holding their breath for thank you cards for all the wonderful gifts that you have been given, 6-8 weeks out is just fine.

Getting enough sleep is very important so nap when your baby is napping or have one of your close friends or relatives take your baby out for an hour so you can take a nap if you are unable to nap comfortably with your baby nearby.

Create a snack station with water and snacks, nursing supplies and burp cloths in a comfortable place where you can sit back, relax, snack, watch a movie, feed your baby, write in your journal, post on Facebook, read a great book or listen to audio books to keep both hands free for baby. 

It's totally fine to stay in your pajamas all day and rent movies and get your favorite take out and just relax and focus on breast-feeding and establishing a good breast-feeding connection with your baby. Think of it as a nesting time. A vacation from all the other parts of your life.

It's OK to stop your life for a month and focus on your new baby and breast-feeding.  Your baby will be a year old before you know it.

If nursing becomes a challenge, talk to your lactation consultant.  It’s normal to ask for help.

This is not the time to worry about sleep training.  Don’t worry about bad habits.  In the first 6 months, there are no bad sleep habits when you are meeting the needs of your baby.  

When nursing is a priority for you, give it the focus that is needed.  I wish you all the best.

Tracy Spackman 602-524-7610
Certified Gentle Sleep Coach

Gentle Sleep Coaching - Teaching you how to get your kids to sleep.