Reclaim Your Sleep with a Personalized Sleep Plan

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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!

First option, one-on-one overnight infant care and postpartum support. Second option, we will come in and completely sleep train your baby for you! Yes, we will do the hardest part and help you feel confident in your decision. Lastly, we can write a rock-solid personalized sleep plan so that you can get started now!

Is a plan right for me?

A personalized sleep plan is right for you if:

  • 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!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

Elizabeth Luke

Exhausted Parents Share Their Stories | Part 1

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Exhausted Parents Share Their Stories | Part 1

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.

Don’t let exhaustion sneak up on you and disrupt your quality of life.

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,

Elizabeth Luke

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!

The BIGGEST Challenges and Solutions After You Give Birth to Your Baby

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The BIGGEST Challenges and Solutions After You Give Birth to Your Baby

The biggest challenges and solutions after you give birth to your baby are basic but impactful. Some of us become parents after years of anticipation and preparation. While others find ourselves with a happy little accidents running around! Either way, we love our little balls of energy and parenting is hard, but rewarding work.

One of our jobs as postpartum doulas is to help lighten the load even if only for a little while. From the time your baby is born, through those sleepless nights, and well into the first year and even beyond, we’re there to cheer you on! We help by offering an extra set of hands, an objective perspective, an ear, and at times solidarity.

Some of the absolute biggest challenges new parents face are:

Mom Guilt

It’s that feeling you get for eating over your newborn and dropping bits of food on him. It’s that feeling in your heart when you hear that pitiful little cry as you sneak away for a quiet cup of coffee on the patio. MOM GUILT! It starts with little things and grows to great heights if we don’t put it right in check!

Real Solution #1

Plan to take care of yourself in some way each and every single day from day #1 because it really is healthiest! Learn to say no to other things and to people and say yes to yourself more! You are worth it and deserve to be the best version of you that you can be!

P.S. It strikes harder when you’re expecting baby #2.

Postpartum Sadness

In your arms is the most adorable peanut you’ve ever laid eyes on. She is finally here and you can’t help but feel a little sad that your bump is now an empty space that once grew your sweet babe. It comes again as they outgrow those newborn sized diapers and begin to hit even the tiniest of milestones.  UGH! Little bouts of sadness and a tear or two now and again sure make a parent feel silly. Turn that silly sadness into something memorable!

Real Solution #2

Baby book those precious moments. Capture them using talk to text in an online journal or notepad on your phone. Be sure to get some photo documentation of those poop-splosions and tiny outgrown socks! Those moments are special and important and while they can strike a cord on our heartstrings from time to time they deserve to be cherished.

Shower

There you are half in the shower and the rest of you dripping all over the floor to reach the pacifier in the bouncer seat and shush your newborn. Everyone is back to work and their lives and you just want to get like Shania and “feel like a woman” again. Not a shaven woman, just a woman who smells like a woman!  We hear you and we love your dedication, but dry shampoo only gets a girl so far!

Real Solution #3

Have everything you need ready to go before you jump in the shower. Create a sleep space that is as safe as possible for your baby. Then feed, change, and burp the baby. Gently put him down in his crib and walk away slowly grabbing the baby monitor on the way out the door! Get into the shower and do the damn thang! Enjoy the water, let it wash over you like the rain on a summer day! Your baby may cry, but he will be okay. Your body’s biological response is to go to him. That’s normal but remember Real Solution #1.

Sleep

It’s that forbidden 5 letter word. The one you would trade your favorite Jimmy Choo heels and maybe even your car for! S-L-E-E-P. The nights are long and the days are all blending together. Noone told you it was this tough…okay maybe they did and you were just oblivious because, well duh…you were still kidless with all the answers!

Real Solution #4

The short of it: get sleep! The long of it: Tag team and employ help! Let’s start with the closest player on your team. That might be your partner, your spouse, your mom, or your sister. What other adult is living in your home with you and is co-parenting your kids with you? Tag team! When one person tags in the other tags out! I know you want to team your way through this together, but the team can’t run on EMPTY! Refuel, rest, restart!

Real Life Solution: Employ a postpartum and infant care doula! We do all the things!

Naps during the day and more sleep through the night, heck yes, check! Showers, meals, and snacks, check, check, and check! Help understanding your newborn’s cues, normal behaviors, and breast or bottle feeding, you guessed it, check x3! Toss a load in the dryer, done! Sit and listen to your struggles, yep!! Unload the dishwasher while playing with Suzie and her baby doll, absolutely!

Let our team at The Jax Baby Company help you with the BIGGEST challenges and solutions after you give birth to your baby, our professional, down to Earth team have you covered! Real life solutions for real-life challenges!

Daylight Savings Sucks!

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Daylight Savings Sucks!

 

Daylight savings happens twice a year, in the spring we “spring ahead” an hour, “losing” an hour of sleep and in the fall we “fall back” an hour, “gaining” an hour of sleep!

Do we? I mean do we really?

Yeah…for most parents with young babies and children, daylight savings is a mean trick! You see, there use to be a time when you loved daylight savings in the fall. An extra hour of sleep! An extra hour to lie around and take your time getting a start at your day. The adjustment happened, casually.

Then you became a parent and reality set in.

Daylight savings is shit! As if missing out on sleep in the early weeks after giving birth to your baby wasn’t enough, now this daylight savings thing is added insult to injury! You psyched yourself up for sleep, real sleep, all to be let down when you are awaken by your baby yet again.

Fed, check! Burped (twice actually), check! Changed, check!

Breast pads changed, check! A sip of water, check! Bathroom trip, check!

You climb back into bed, right next to your partner who is snoring and has clearly been oblivious all night. The clock says 2:20 a.m. You roll your eyes, so tired you fear they may actually get stuck like that. After all, there seems to be more truth to all those things your mama warned you about.  Motherhood sure changes your perspective.

Then it hits you!

It’s daylight savings baby! Cha-Ching! Banking an hour in savings! Time to roll that clock back… for a brief moment you’re excited about the possibility of an extra hour of sleep, but as you change the clock that thought quickly ends with the reality that you can’t escape being a mom!

It’s now 1:21 a.m. you close your eyes and are so tired that they actually, physically burn. As fast as you had that thought you were out, like a light, like your snoring partner… until 2:15 a.m. when you wake, yet again to your mini-me signaling for a boob and some snuggles.

You wonder, am I dreaming? Surely this a nightmare, didn’t I just do this? Wasn’t it already 2:00 a.m. once? Screw you daylight savings, you suck! What are you really saving me? Lies!

Daylight Savings Blows! Here are three tips to lessen the blow:

Throw a receiving blanket over that clock!

Do that every night and vow to never look! Does it change the amount of sleep you receive? No! It can help you deal with the long nights better. You can smile a little more while feeding your baby. It allows you to be more mindful of the moments you have together. Repeat after me, they are only little once. Embrace the suck!

Establish a texting buddy!

This is usually another mom who is burning the midnight oil while they feed their baby too! If not a mom a friend who works the midnight shift.

Call in reinforcements!

No, seriously! Every single mom we’ve worked with has been blown away and so happy they booked with us for postpartum and infant care support. We are your reinforcements! We’ll burn the midnight oil alongside you and your baby and take over as soon as you are ready. We will feed, burp, change, soothe your baby so you can stay asleep! We will do the damn thing right there so you can actually enjoy your sleep and daylight savings!

Long story short; daylight savings is trickery!

I wished I had known two decades ago that I could have hired amazing help! Daylight savings could’ve sucked a lot less! You feel me?

If you’re (also) not sliding an extra hour of sleep over into savings, know that you have options for night time support and plenty of blogs to read here if you’re not hiring help!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

~Elizabeth Luke

 

… “Only the government would believe that if you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”