Reclaim Your Sleep Now with a Personalized Sleep Plan
Our sleep experts will help you reclaim your sleep a personalized sleep plan that’s perfect for you baby! You and your child’s caregivers can follow and execute this plan with continued support from professionals who care. At The Jacksonville Baby Company, we know that better sleep is the key to better health! Not only do our specialists have years of experience working with parents and babies, we’re also parents ourselves. We know that it’s easy to lose so much of our former selves in the process of raising our children. Reclaiming our sleep can help us transform our lives in ways we never thought were possible!
We empathize with other parents, it’s hard to hear our babies crying, but we can’t stifle all of their cries.
Temper tantrums, being strapped in their car seat, and immunizations are necessary “evils”. We provide love, stability, and can comfort our babies, but tears are inevitable. We know the struggle and we’ve all been there! Exhausted, worn thin, ready to put our foot down in the name of better sleep!
There’s no time like the present to get everyone’s sleep on track!
Guess what parents? Laying a foundation for good sleep begins with you! You’ve probably done some thinking, maybe some reading, asking around, and contemplating about what sleep should look like. What’s reasonable? What is best, when it comes to my baby? Maybe you’re not in favor of sleep training. Perhaps you want to sleep train, but your baby doesn’t fit the ideal age range for this. If you’ve considered hiring someone to come in at night and help, but it’s just not in the budget. We get it!
For all of those reasons and others, we will write a personalized sleep plan for your baby. One that makes the transition smoother, makes your job easier, and takes the guesswork out of better sleep!
If you’ve made it this far I’m sure you’re at least curious about better sleep!
It’s never too early to begin sleep shaping! However, if you haven’t begun 3-6 months of age, now is the perfect time to start. Doing so ensures you and your baby get off to an amazing start! If you’ve spent the first several weeks holding and snuggling your baby a LOT while he sleeps, don’t worry! It’s normal for your baby to want to be close to you. And, if you’ve wanted the same, there’s science to support that, “this is normal!” If your baby is between 6-9 months of age now is the perfect time to make adjustments and get them on track! If your baby is between 9-12 months of age, it’s time to act now! Doing so you will get ahead of the bad sleep habits.
Don’t worry we have three solid options to help you reclaim your sleep!
you like the idea of DIY, but you’re not exactly Joanna Gaines
you want to sleep train, or are considering it, but your baby or you aren’t quite ready
you’re good at executing plans, but you have no idea where to start
there aren’t enough hours in your day
What does having a plan do?
In the words of Katherine Paterson, “A dream without a plan is just a wish“. You don’t have to dream about a good night’s sleep any longer, it CAN happen. A plan is a powerful piece of the puzzle that many parents are missing. Having a plan will give you and your baby a stable foundation to build upon. It prepares your baby for “the next steps” because her sleep needs change as she grows. You can be ready with a plan! With a personalized sleep plan written by an infant sleep expert, you’ll be well on your way to conquering the sleep battle!
Better sleep is just one step away. Complete the form below and we will be in touch!
Talk about being exhausted, no one knows the meaning of the word exhausted better than new parents. It’s a story for the ages, parenting infants is the ultimate form of tired! Time and time again baby cams show just how exhausted parents are. Stories are shared amongst exhausted parents in parenting groups. Parents open up and commiserate with one another over their lack of sleep and odd behaviors. The reality is exhausted parents make more mistakes than those who are well-rested. Just a heads up some of these stories are funny, others are terrifying, all end well, I promise.
Mike opens up about one of the worst days of his adult life.
I was alone for the sixth night in a row with our 6-month-old daughter and our son who was two and a half at the time. Teresa, my wife worked nights and I worked days. We worked opposite shifts, it was working for us up until this point. Our daughter was running a low-grade fever all day. We assumed teething since she was starting to chew on her hands and drool like crazy and there were no other symptoms. Teresa kept on eye on her, monitored her temperature, and she seemed fine otherwise.
Around 11:30 p.m. she woke, but instead of wanting a bottle like usual she was exceptionally unhappy, crying and kicking. I felt her and she was burning up. I checked her temperature and she was running a temperature around 102.6. At some point, Teresa called to check in on her. Call it mom intuition, but she knew Audrey wasn’t feeling well. I unswaddled her and tried to feed her a bottle which she mostly fought me on. Then I decided to give her some fever reducer. Well, she fought me on that too, but I was able to get her to take it. Finally, she fell asleep in my arms and I put her back down.
She woke again and again.
I gave her another dose of Tylenol around 3:30 a.m. When she woke again around 5 a.m. and I went in to get her something felt odd. I checked her temperature and it was still at 102-103 ish. I called Teresa who was due to be home by 7:30 a.m. to let her know I was going to call our pediatrician. She asked when the last time was I gave her the fever reducer and then reminded me I could alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 3 hours if needed.
So I went to get the Motrin and could not for the life of me remember the last time was I gave her a dose of Tylenol. I told Teresa I remembered giving it at 11:30 p.m. when I went in the first time, but couldn’t remember the time of the last dose.
All went quiet on the other end.
Teresa was silent as she checked her call log on her phone. She insisted it was 1:30 a.m. when she first called not 11:30 p.m. when I gave Audrey the Tylenol. I was sure it was 11:30 p.m., or was it 1:30 a.m., I couldn’t say for certain and that scared the shit out of me. I looked at the bottle of Tylenol and that scared the shit out of me. What came next was even worse. Teresa was panicked and left work immediately.
From the time our call ended and the time Teresa got home from work, Audrey had thrown up all over the kitchen and her crib while I attempted to clean it up. Her pediatrician called back and advised us to go to the hospital, but we were already on our way at that point.
That day was a blur.
I cried, Teresa cried, and Audrey cried helplessly. We felt like horrible parents when we were really weren’t, we were just exhausted parents They drew blood from her tiny veins, gave her I.V. fluids and bombarded us with lots of questions no good parents should have to answer. There we were, two parents scared shitless and I knew at that moment sleep deprivation almost cost me my most precious gift, our daughter.
Audrey made a full recovery.
Teresa continued to work nights, and I cut back on my hours during the day to help at home more. One of the best things we did though was hired The Jax Baby Company to come in one day and two nights a week overnight so we could both sleep all night long. Liz was terrific. She made the nights run so smoothly. We knew if she needed to wake us she wouldn’t hesitate, but week after week she handled it all seamlessly so we could both rest. We both agree, hiring help is the best investment exhausted parents can make!
Elizabeth recalls the night she knew she needed to call in reinforcements!
It was late or early, I don’t really remember, but I was up a few times through the night with our daughter. This time she had soaked through her diaper and clothes. So I got her cleaned up and put her back to sleep in her crib. The next thing I know it’s 6:30 a.m. and my husband’s calling my name from the other room. I walk in to see why he’s calling me and low and behold there she was soaked and crying. Staring at me with a confused look on his face my husband says, “Where’s her diaper?” I patted her bottom and then had to stop and try to remember the night in fragmented bits and pieces.
Holy shiitake! I had actually put her in a clean sleeper and totally forgotten to put a diaper on her. We laughed so hard we cried and if I’m being completely honest I peed myself a little too! Thank you pregnancy and childbirth! This is baby number three, not my first rodeo! That was the moment I knew I needed some solid stretches of sleep and I’d have to call in help to get it. Cue hiring help one night a week for a couple of months so this mama could get a full 10-hours of uninterrupted sleep!
All parents make mistakes, some are funny, others not at all!
However, exhausted parents can’t keep at it for an extended period of time. Eventually, it catches up to them. Sleep can’t be caught up on or stored up on. Healthy sleep habits from day one are important. Our team at The Jax Baby Company is here to help parents get the sleep they so desperately need while getting their little ones off to a phenomenal start as well!
A special thank you to the parents who willingly participated in this blog series. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Exhausted Parents Who Share Their Stories!
Happy Birth & Parenting,
If you’ve not seen the video below of Kyle Baker’s wife, Joanna Baker and their daughter, check it out! All ends well and it’s totally relatable, but man they could have really benefited from having a postpartum and infant care specialist there at night!
Parents are seeking nighttime newborn care, but most don’t even know it’s a thing! As you come home from the hospital exhausted and excited about beginning a new chapter in life, shit gets real, really quickly! The saying, the nights are long and the days are short is beginning to be understood in its entirety by about the 3-week mark! Tired is an understatement, diaper changes and feedings all seem to run together, you begin to wonder if it ever gets easier.
IT TOTALLY DOES!
It’s only a matter of time before things eventually start to feel manageable. But, it doesn’t have to feel that way! You don’t have to wait for things to get easier months down the road! Nighttime newborn care will allow you to “speed up” the healing process, get the sleep your body and mind needs, get a handle on life, and enjoy your baby!
In many ways, nighttime newborn care is like bringing home your favorite nurse from the hospital!
While baby nurses, night nannies, and newborn care specialists aren’t really nurses of any kind, we are the ultimate baby whisperers! Our team at The Jax Baby Company is fully vaccinated, CPR & first aid certified, vetted, hand-selected, knowledgable, and we have excellent references if that’s desired! We care for mothers and babies like a boss!
As if that’s not enough I’ll give you 20 more reasons you’ll want to have us in your home for nighttime newborn care:
Our team knows about newborn needs and development!
We’re all very familiar with the ins and outs of caring for your body after vaginal or post-op childbirth!
We have up-to-date information about all things mother-baby!
Your choices and individual needs are always respected.
You don’t have to explain a million things to us (unless you just want to), we get it!
Your sleep will be maximized.
We can sleep shape your baby or babies (get em ready to sleep in their cribs).
We support breast, bottle, formula, and know all about different feeding methods!
When your family from out of town comes, we can give them all the time they want with you and the baby while still doing all the other things to make life easier! Or vice versa! Your choice!
We give your 4-legged friends all the love too!
Siblings love us!
Relationship with your partner is improved with sleep and time together.
We prepare yummy food.
We help tackle the laundry,
Dishes are done, dude! (a popular line from Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead)
We can help you select, order, and assemble baby products!
You have someone to talk to about all the things it seems no one else understands!
We can help you learn how to wear your baby if you choose to do that!
You don’t have to feel bad for sleeping, showering, and eating hot meals!
Because nighttime newborn care is amazing, but we also do days, weekends, and travel care too!
Nighttime newborn care with The Jax Baby Company is the perfect blend of relaxation and motivation, validation and commiseration! We are a cohesive team and we would love to support you and your family through it all! Contact us and let’s get you booked early before we’re all booked up!
Most Products Labeled for Infant Sleep are NOT Safe | Here’s a Break Down of What is What
Like many products geared to traveling with a baby or younger child are not safe (aftermarket car seat inserts, covers, and straps), most products labeled for infant sleep are NOT safe. Just look at the photo above. Looks innocent enough, right? Look again! The bumper pad attached to the side of the crib (even mesh bumpers) and what appears to be a mobile attached to the front of the crib, both go against recommendation for the safest sleep. “Sleepers” that are not safe for sleep, “safety straps” that are anything but safe.
It’s confusing, we know! ”
Safe sleep recommendations aren’t up for debate. We just want to give you a break down and sprinkle this blog post with science-based information so you can make choices you feel are best for you and your baby.
WARNING: This blog post may be triggering for some.
I want parents and caregivers to know that most products labeled for infant sleep are not safe for such.
“The advertisement and packaging show a baby sleeping. Doesn’t that mean the product is meant for such?” Baby products sell, especially products advertising more sleep for babies which ultimately means more sleep for parents. But buyer beware! Not all sleep is safe sleep! Products are marketed and sold every damn day and babies have died while using them. Some have been recalled, but many have not.
Like car seat safety (a blog for another day) science and research tell us that rear-facing is best until the age of 4-years old. Still, the AAP only goes as far as recommending rear-facing children until at least 2 years of age, therefore providing a false sense of security to those who don’t know 4 is really the safest we can get. While Florida law only requires that children 4 years old and younger use a separate car-seat or the vehicle’s built-in child seat, with no specification on rear-facing at all. Whhhaaaat?! Many people, naively assume if it’s legal then it must be safe, but again that’s incorrect. They don’t know what they don’t know!
Why wait until laws are passed and product gets recalled before we listen?
You may be on the right side of the law but does that mean we are doing our best we can for kids? My thoughts are, we have research and science on our sides. Let’s be proactive together! Through simple precautionary measures, together we can keep kiddos safer.
What’s the evidence say?
In the early 90’s the ABC Sleep campaign was introduced. ABC= Alone, on Back, and in a Crib. This campaign resulted in few infant deaths. We were on the right track! But, in more recent years death rates umong infants have begun to increase again. Most products labeled for infant sleep are NOT safe, yet buying these products is also on the rise.
Alone? What about bed-sharing?
Bed-sharing is discouraged by the AAP, but we understand that for some families bed-sharing is a necessity. The Jax Baby Company is not against or for bed-sharing, we are can’t recommend bed-sharing because of liability, but we do recognize that bed-sharing is something some families will want or need to do. There are safer ways to do it, we mention a few of those below. We could do a whole blog on that topic too, but that’s for another day! Together we can make a difference!
Not to scare you, but did you know that? I had no idea until I had my third baby. Additionally, new evidence shows that soft bedding continues to pose hazards to babies who are 4 months and older. With boys, the risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is slightly elevated. Surprised? You’re not alone, less than 10% of parents know most (not all) of these things. The beauty of having us on your team is that we know all the things (or at least know where to find out fairly quickly) and we can help you learn all the things! All the while supporting you and your family in a way that is best for you and your lifestyle!
If most products labeled for infant sleep are NOT safe options how does one know what’s considered safe and what’s not?
Frankly, car seat safety and infant sleep topics are exhausting even as a professional in the field. So long as companies keep marketing and manufacturing products labeled for sleep and travel with kids there will always something new to learn. BUT it’s a topic we’re passionate to help families learn about!
What’s NOT approved for safest sleep:
In order to pass, a product must go through specific testing. It cannot pass if it has anything other than a 0-degree (0%) incline. That being said, just because it’s flat does not automatically make it safe. The Doc-A-Tot and in-bed co-sleepers are perfect examples of products that are flat but are NOT safe for sleep because they don’t pass one of those standards.
Sleep Positioner/Wedge (even for babies with reflux)
What IS approved for safest sleep:
The only approved sleep surface for an infant passes the standard for crib, cradle, bassinet, or play yard (PNP). If a sleep surface/mattress meets CPSC and ASTM standards, it is considered safe for sleep. Check current recalls and register your product, but remember recalls typically happen only once there have injuries or deaths involved. Be proactive, not reactive and back to basics is safest.
Most Full-size cribs (NEVER a drop side crib, they’re illegal to sell new or used)
Tight fitting crib sheet, no blankets or bumpers, bare crib only
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommendations on creating a safe sleep environment include:
Placing the baby on their back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows, and soft toys. The crib should be bare, free of any blankets, gadgets, or pillows. Dress and adjust baby’s clothing so they will be comfortable through the night.
Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing (with a parent or caregiver) decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%
Don’t exposure baby to smoke, alcohol, or illicit drugs.
Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations. There’s no evidence that routine immunizations increase SIDS risk. Some evidence indicates immunizations can help prevent SIDS.
Breastfeeding is also recommended as added protection against SIDS. So long as you don’t doze off while nursing your baby, which tends to happen. If you feel sleepy or think there is a chance you may fall asleep or nod off while nursing your baby, nurse your baby on your bed, instead of a chair or couch. Make sure there are no pillows, blankets, or other items that could cause overheating or interfere, block, or obstruct your baby’s breathing. If you do fall asleep, upon waking move baby to their own sleep space.
Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
Keep the room slightly cool, not too warm or hot
Do not use home monitors or commercial devices, including wedges or positioners, marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.
What’s the Verdict on Swaddling
“While the AAP has not taken an official stance on the practice of swaddling babies should not be swaddled past 2 months of age”, urges Rachel Y. Moon, M.D., FAAP, lead author of the AAP safe sleep guidelines and chair of the Task Force on SIDS. Many people continue to swaddle until their baby is starting to show signs of readiness for rolling from tummy to back. But the latest research indicates that we should stop swaddling by 8 weeks of age, by that time the potential risks outweigh the potential benefits. Even still swaddling should be done correctly to be considered safe and allow for proper hip and shoulder development.
More on Car Seats
The car seat (and or the base of the car seat) should be installed into your car following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Likewise, the child should also be correctly positioned and strapped into the car seat following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Slumping should be avoided especially in infants and children under two. Never leave them unattended. Do not allow blankets near their face. Check on them frequently while in the car and remove them from their seats promptly upon arrival. Positional Asphyxia happens when the position of one’s body blocks their airway.
The Latest on Rock-N-Plays in the News
The Rock-N-Play “sleeper” conflicts with the AAP’s recommendations for safe sleep environments for babies in order to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics states, “This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately. When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case.” (32 related deaths)
Give yourself a pat on the back for getting through this read!
Now that you know most products labeled for infant sleep are NOT safe options you can use the information you learned to create a plan for your own family! Who knows, perhaps you can help others along the way! As parents we are always learning new things, we follow our instincts, and do the best we can for our babies!
Elizabeth Luke is the owner of The Jacksonville Baby Co., providing exceptional support and inclusive care for families welcoming babies in the Jacksonville, FL area since 2013. Helping families enjoy their births, their babies, and their sleep.
read to the tune of: Twas the Night Before Christmas
Tis the season of giving, when all through the city, parents are snuggling their sweet itty bitties!
The fur baby was fed and walked with care, but the tree wasn’t lit and the cookies sat bare.
The fridge was half full of old produce and take-out, while the sink runeth over and bottles are strewn about.
Parents sit exhausted from teething, night feedings, and rocking, but little do they know there’s a gift in their stockings.
Someone who knows the challenges new parents face, has left them a gift that noone can replace.
A certficate ensuring a great night’s sleep, expert baby care, and a safe place if they need to weep.
You see new parent’s don’t wish for silver or gold, they wish for sound sleep and food that’s not cold.
A new parent’s wish is for adult conversation, a hot cup of coffee, and perhaps a little encouragement and commiseration. Is it too much to ask to go pee all alone, or to make a five minute call on the phone?
When The Jax Baby Co. arrived on site, the finishing touches were added, and many chores made right.
She was a steadfast right-hand wo-man, who led with little direction. She totally “gets it”, but she also strived for perfection!
The laundry was finished, the dishes ran through, old food tossed out, and shopping done too!
A casserole made, snacks were prepped, and all those holiday cards addressed while they slept.
After the baby was bathed, the tree was lit, and the parents didn’t mind it not one little bit!
In the morning they sprung up with great disbelief, but their baby was fine, they all slept, what a relief!
And as their specialist left, the parents said with a smile, “You’re amazing, thank you! We have you on speed dial!”
At The Jax Baby Company, our specialists don’t fit into stockings, but our gift certificates do! We provide postpartum and infant care support, sleep shaping, sleep training, and classes for birth and parenting!
Contact us today to get a one of a kind gift certificate for those special parents this season!
You’ve googled, “I need help, my baby won’t sleep”! You’ve hit up your go-to mommy group for best sleep tips, and you put to the test your most awesome plan. Yet here you are, still baffled by your tiny night-time boss-baby. The cutest boss-baby who ever existed, but a dictator non-the-less.
The majority of couples struggle with lack of sleep after they welcome a baby into their lives. Some studies have shown that a mother’s workload increases by 21 hours after a baby is born, compared to the dad’s increase of just 12.5 hours. We believe though that the science supports both parents are likely sleep deprived. We get calls regularly from exhausted parents who say their baby won’t sleep! It just goes without saying, a baby means less sleep, right?! The short answer is yes, but the long answer is yes and no!
Newborns babies don’t sleep for long periods, their natural sleep cycle is about 45 minutes long, therefore there will be some lost sleep, yes. Do you have to suffer through feeling like a mombie until your baby decides she’ll sleep through the night? Absolutely not!
“You hear about those poor babies being locked in hot cars and left for hours. I wondered if those were as tired as we were. I couldn’t imagine. I contacted The Jax Baby Company and they provided a solution to our family’s sleep nightmare.” ~Donna Delaney
There’s another option for parents in the Greater Jacksonville area who need sleep, but whose babies won’t stand for it!
Parents all over the country are turning to professional baby sleep coaches to help save their sanity! When it comes to healthy sleep practices The Jax Baby Company solves the sleep deprivation issue many new parents face here on the First Coast.
From birth to 3 or 4 months old, positive sleep associations and practices are what The Jax Baby Company recommends. By about 3 months old most healthy full-term babies are ready to begin sleeping longer periods with reasonable expectations as well as guidance and structure from parents and caregivers. From 3-6 months old, sleep shaping is considered age-appropriate practice by our team. It’s usually “better” to wait until 6-12 months of age to sleep train . It can vary depending on a number of factors involving baby, parents, and caregivers. It’s also a really good idea to get the okay from your pediatrician.
Finding the right formula for your baby is key!
The Jax Baby Company helps parents figure out why their babies won’t sleep and create and implement a plan. We conduct a thorough intake call to learn more about your baby’s habits and sleep associations. Then we come and train your baby for you and provide you with a customized plan after that! We even check in on you as we hold your hand through the process!
Here are 3 common issues we see families struggle with:
waking several times during the night and not settling without help
waking up too early in the morning time
not enough naps or for long enough durations
3 ways The Jax Baby Company helps parents get more sleep:
one-on-one infant care through the night
sleep shaping for young infants
sleep training for older infants
3 things that won’t help your baby sleep longer or better and are dangerous per the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics):
giving cereal in a bottle or feeding cereal before 4 months of age
putting the baby down to sleep on their tummy
allowing baby to sleep in anywhere other than the crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard that meets the safety standards (rock and plays and car seats are a big no-no)
3 reasons you’ll love The Jax Baby Company’s dream team:
you’ll get to discover what a great night’s sleep feels like
you will be teaching your baby a HUGE life skill; sleep
we have a professional, friendly team ready to support you
If your baby won’t sleep you don’t have to accept swallow that pill, You don’t have to daydream about sleep, give us a call!
Better sleep means a better quality of life!
Whether you’re ready to jump on the sleep train, you want to gently encourage good sleep habits from the start, or you just want your baby to be pampered through the night so you can sleep to your heart’s content we have you covered!
Surviving Nights with a Newborn; Tips for Tired Parents
Surviving nights with a newborn can be difficult, but not impossible. It’s the wee hours of the morning. You’ve just about drifted off to sleep when your baby again. Every muscle in your body is exhausted, you feel weak and you think to yourself, how are other people surviving nights with a newborn? Will we ever get through this?
If you’ve ever had a newborn you know what I’m talking about. If you’re expecting a baby, you’ll soon find out. Lack of sleep can and often does get the best of people. Fear not! We have some tips for surving nights with a newborn!
It’s important if you’re breastfeeding to know that nighttime feedings are essential!
Your body naturally produces more of the hormone prolactin at night. During the first two weeks, your body is trying to figure out what it needs to do to meet your baby’s needs. How will it do this? By responding to what you’re doing. In the first six weeks breastfeeding or pumping at least (I can’t stress this enough) 10-12 times, getting one 4-5 hour stretch of sleep, and as many naps as possible in every 24-hour period is crucial to you and your baby’s well-being. If you’re bottle-feeding the logistics is a bit different, but it’s still challenging!
Surviving Nights with a Newborn; Tips for Tired Parents
1. Nap, Nap, and Nap
Make sure you’re getting as many naps in as possible. Doing so will help with the longer nights. Three to five-hour long naps and one 4-5 hour stretch of sleep in a 24-hour period will be one key to surviving nights with a newborn. Most parents can sustain themselves on that.
2. Create a Nest
Think, everything you need in one place! Make your nest cozy, conducive to sleep, and user-friendly. If you can do this successfully you’re already ahead of the game!
Things to Consider When Fashioning Your Nest:
Make your baby’s sleep space as close to yours as possible.
Create a portable changing station to keep next to your bed. That way you can change your baby’s diapers while in bed or in the bassinet or crib right next to the bed. A small cleaning caddy works great for this purpose.
Are you pumping? If so have enough supplies in your nest to last you all night. No walking back and forth to the kitchen. Put a small cooler in the room close to your bed with ice packs to keep your pumped milk in. You don’t have to wash pump parts or use a new set every time through the night. Put your pump parts in a gallon ziplock and place them in the cooler in between pump sessions. Genius right?!
Are you formula feeding? Simplify! Create as many bottles are you need for night duty and have them at the ready. Depending on what type of formula you are using this will look a little different. Keep a bottle warmer on a table close by, but at a safe distance from the baby of course!
3. Keep the Lights Low and the Room Slightly Cooler
Seems like a no-brainer right?! Not really, it easy to get into the habit of flipping the lights on to get “it” done real quick, but it really does interrupt the sleep cycle significantly. A low night light with a small flashlight is often a better choice! You want to keep your room slightly cooler than you would in the daytime. Dress your baby slightly warmer than you’ll dress yourself or in a single layer if you’re using a swaddle.
4. Learn to Nurse in the Side-Lying Position
I am a true believer that every mom on the planet who is breastfeeding a baby for any period of time should learn how to feed her baby in the side-lying position. For survival, for comfort, for bonding, and for healing! Most breastfed babies want to nurse more through the night. There are a number of reasons for this, one being the additional prolactin the body produces at night.
Learn this skill, practice this skill, and utilize it for maximum rest! If you’re not comfortable nursing in the side-lying position for fear of co-sleeping you can set a short timer, ask your partner, family member, or postpartum and infant specialist to sit quietly and keep a close eye on your baby as you drift in and out of sleep.
5. Ditch the Clock
It’s so easy to focus on how long the hours are when you’re staring the clock in the face. Like the watched pot that never boils time stands still while your awake. If you have a clock in the bedroom turn it around or cover it.
Instead focus on learning your baby through each feed, soothing techniques, low lights, and maximizing your rest even if you’re not getting solid periods of sleeping.
The Jacksonville Baby Company provides support for parents at one of the most critical times in a new families life, after the birth of their baby. If there were ever a time in someone’s life that they could use all the help it’s the postpartum time period, also known as the fourth trimester. Laundry, dishes, and chores can wait, but babies don’t keep! Let us help you with all the things so you can focus on what doesn’t keep; your baby!
There you have it! These are some of our tips for surviving nights with a newborn. I hope you found these helpful!
You’ve heard the words postpartum and infant doula, but you’re wondering what exactly they mean together, what they do, and how can they help you?! First, you’re not alone! Most people have no idea what a postpartum and infant doula is. So breathe a sigh of relief you aren’t alone in the forest.
The word postpartum tends to get a bad rap.
Most people hear the word postpartum and immediately think of depression after a person gives birth. Like prenatal and antenatal means during pregnancy, postpartum simply means the period of time after birth. Sure the postpartum time period can entail the baby blues, depression, anxiety, OCD, and psychosis, but it doesn’t always include those things.
A Postpartum and Infant Doula is a non-medical support person who is by your side after you have your baby!
While we can’t speak for all Doulas, First Coast Doulas are knowledgeable, trained, and skilled in compassionate care for families with babies!
While every family is different and their needs are unique there are challenges all new parents face. We add value to your family dynamics no matter what that looks like. Would you consider your family traditional, cool! Single parent home, you rock! Blended family, we love you all too! Polyamorous families, we see you!
So, how can a Postpartum and Infant Doula help?
Be it your first baby or your fifth sleep is a key component of good mental and physical health. We help parents get the necessary amount of sleep day in and day out!
Keeping up after baby is no easy task. Keeping the body fueled is another component of good health. We prep snacks and meals and bring it right to your bedside. We’ll even run out for your cravings! Life is busier than ever, we got you!
Having a baby brings out all of the emotions. Your doula knows! We’re skilled in the art of emotional attunement! From weepy, raging, and numb to everything in between we see it, we recognize it, and we are comfortable talking about it and being there to see you through it!
You need to heal, rest, and care for baby. That doesn’t mean you should feel like an outcast or be confined to isolation. Ugh, we hear it all the time, “I feel so alone.” Your doula makes going out, or staying in more enjoyable. Your doula can tend to your baby while we all walk Target or grab lunch! On the flip side we can stay in, bake cookies, and watch your favorite episodes wth you too!
A second set of hands, eyes, and a compassionate heart! We can wear your baby while you get a nap. Keeping him, her, or them soothed. We’re skilled in the art of toddler wrangling and bathing too! Calling in help doesn’t mean you can’t do it, it may just mean you are wise to value another compassionate human to give your babies attention too!
All this talk about self-care and no time for it sucks! Keep your hair appointment and book that massage, we’ll come along and keep baby happy and unwanted hands off! You can relax knowing that during a bubble bath or a phone call with your girlfriend on the patio your baby is with the very best and only a room away!
So, in short your postpartum and infant doula is like a magical unicorn! She appears when you need her most, anticipates your needs before you even know you need it, and she makes magic happen!
Laundry and dishes, done!
Laughs and a safe place to cry, she’s your girl!
Pizza and drink, just say wine or whiskey!
Ssshhhhh….it’s not really magic, but it sure feels like it! Contact our “magical unicorns” for a complimentary phone consult!
One of the first challenges parents face is how to get better sleep. I get emails daily, “Help! My baby won’t sleep, what should I do?” Healthy sleep habits are important! Sure, “Sleep when baby sleeps” they say! Who are “they” and do they actually have children? That could work for a first baby, but second and third babies means you’re likely being worn thin and your entire house may seem to be ruled by one, or maybe even two tiny humans.
Woah! Put the brakes on!
Parenting is hard enough! Doing it on little to no sleep is unreasonable. No one functions well or to their full potential when they aren’t well rested, including your baby bean! Healthy sleep habits are so important. For you, your children, and for the family unit as a whole. By learning and teaching your infant healthy sleep habits early on you are helping them master a life skill!
What an empowering opportunity that is!
From my baby won’t sleep to my baby is sleeping so much better?!
What a feeling!
Did you google, “My baby won’t sleep, what do I do?” Do you believe your baby should be sleeping longer through the night? Are you set on getting off to a great start early on? Do you just want to get more sleep while one of our team members works with your little one on healthy sleep practices? The Jax Baby Company, a.k.a. Team Sleep Jax is the sleep solution for families in Jacksonville, Florida.
Our Team Sleep Jax members are certified postpartum and infant care specialists who work with families at night specifically to help them get more sleep.
The Jax Baby Company can:
listen to your concerns
validate your feelings through this process
teach you about safer sleep and more healthy sleep habits
show you some techniques and give tips
help you establish and implement routine and schedule
help you to teach your baby the life skill of sleep
Parents who are”at the end of their rope”, “out of ideas”, or who just want to get their babies and their family off to a great start are putting Team Sleep Jax on their home team.
Together we’re creating more peaceful bedtimes and burning less midnight oil! If you want to learn more about The Jax Baby Company’s dream team we’d love to hear from you! We are happy to set up a complimentary phone consult to learn more about the challenges you’re facing and to match you with the right sleep package!
When my kids were newborns I could set my clock by them. They would wake every 2-3 hours. The oldest would wake each morning at 5:30am and be awake for a few hours before being ready for sleep once more. For a mom who is NOT a morning person, this was an absolute nightmare.
I had no clue to how put them back to sleep so I just sucked up the sleep deprivation and would rock them for what felt like hours trying to get them back to sleep. That is until I discovered Dr. Harvey Karp’s book The Happiest Baby on the Block.
It was heaven! My baby was falling asleep in fifteen minutes instead of the usual forty-five, and she was sleeping more soundly. This meant mom and dad were also getting better sleep. We were happier all around.
Without going too in depth, Here are the 5 things to know about getting your baby to sleep, tonight. These are the concepts associated with Karp’s sleep ideology.
Babies are used to being curled up in a cramped space. Swaddling mimics that feeling. However, it is becoming increasingly recommended to practice safe swaddling techniques so please consult with your primary care physician or your doula for how to get that perfect swaddle.
It is easiest to get a baby to sleep when they are on their side or stomach. That’s why babies enjoy being rocked in someone’s arms and they clam down when placed on their stomach over someone’s arm. By holding the baby stomach to stomach, you are putting them in a position that is most comfortable for them.
It is incredibly loud in the womb. Between the swooshing sound of your heart, the sounds of food digesting in the stomach, and outside noises it is almost deafening. When a baby is born we try to keep everyone quiet whereas adding some white noise will actually help getting baby to sleep a lot easier.
We naturally bounce babies in our arms or on our shoulder when trying to soothe them. This movement mimics the womb and is comforting to your baby. A baby’s enjoyment of this particular movement is the exact reason many babies sleep better while in the swing.
Babies do a lot of sucking in the womb- on their fingers, practicing breathing, practicing drinking, etc. When they are born they are only given a bottle, breast, or pacifier to suck when they are upset and not at will like they’re used to. By giving a baby something to suck on while getting your baby to sleep, it will make the process go much smoother.
Getting a baby to sleep can seem like a daunting task, especially for new parents. There are lots of ways to help get a baby to sleep, but this is the method that I have, personally, found to be most successful. Best of luck!
Christine Santos is a labor and postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation specialist, and photographer serving Central Florida. She knows a thing or two about getting your baby to sleep!
Christine owns Sun State Doulas in Lakeland, Florida. She is a passionate leader, but also loves working as a cohesive part of a team that provides unwavering support to families in the Tampa area. She also loves playing on a roller derby team and is known as the “Derby Doula”