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As a new parent, you may love snuggling your baby to sleep for naps, but you hate being nap-trapped. While contact naps are healthy and normal for your baby, they can be challenging. This article will discuss how to deal with contact naps to help you feel less nap-trapped.


Tip #1 - Preparation Is Key


Make sure you have everything you need within reach. Before you start contact napping with your little one, gather everything you need so you don't have to get up in the middle of a nap. This may include a water bottle, a book, a phone, and a snack.



Tip #2 - Get Comfortable


Find a comfortable position that you can stay in for a while. You can try laying down with your child in a safe bed-sharing setup. This can be a great way to get some contact while still being able to get some space. Many times, you can even shift away once your child is asleep.


Tip #2 - Relax


Take this as a time to relax and snuggle your little one. It can be tempting to want to multitask during a nap, but try to resist the urge. This is a time to bond with your baby and to just enjoy their company.



Tip #3 - Catch Up On Self-Care


Use nap time as an opportunity to catch up on your self-care. Whether reading a good book, taking a hot bath, or just taking a few minutes to meditate, use this time to recharge your batteries.



In Conclusion,


It can be tough dealing with a contact napper baby, but it's important to remember that this phase won't last forever. Soon enough, your baby will be sleeping in its own sleep space, and you'll have your space again. In the meantime, try to take advantage of the naps to get some things done and rest.


Love & Sleep,


Jamilia

Updated: Jul 21



Are you planning a trip on which you'll be away from home? Maybe you are driving to a special event a few states away or flying to visit your parent's house for the weekend. Whatever the case, it is common for children (and adults!) to feel apprehensive about traveling away from home. This can result in their sleep patterns being disrupted. However, with a few simple preparations, you can ensure that you and your child have a relaxing and enjoyable experience at your destination.


Tip #1 - Connection


It is essential for children to feel a sense of connection and communication with their parents, especially regarding matters of safety. A child's sense of security is crucial in developing a secure attachment and optimal sleep ability. To ensure that your child is adequately prepared for a change in routine, you must let them know when and where you will be going. This will help them to understand and cooperate with the changes. Additionally, spending plenty of time playing, listening, and engaging in quality one-on-one time before and during your trip will help ensure that you and your child are emotionally prepared for the change.


Tip #2 - Replicate The Environment


When traveling with young children, trying to replicate their home sleep environment as much as possible is essential. This means packing all the necessary creature comforts and sleep associations such as sleeping bags, swaddles, unique toys, bedding, white noise, pacifiers, and bedclothes. Doing this can help your child feel more comfortable and secure in unfamiliar surroundings and hopefully make the transition to sleeping away from home a little easier.




Tip #3 - Maintain Normal Routine


The main reason why children's Sleep gets disturbed after holidays is because of jet lag and travel across time zones. This can cause inconsistency with bedtime at night and waketime in the morning, leading to feeling overtired. To avoid this, aim to maintain your routine (meal, nap, and bedtimes) as much as possible.


Tip #4 - Sleeping Arrangement


If your child is sleeping in a pack' n play or travel crib while you are away, it is best to set one up at home a few days in advance. This will help your child become familiar with the pack' n play and reduce any anxiety they may feel while away from home. Encourage your child to play in the pack 'n play or travel crib during the day and aim to have some naps and overnight sleeps in it before you leave. This will help reduce your child's stress or anxiety from home.


If you're bedsharing, confirm that you will have a bed big enough for co-sleeping at your destination. This is important to ensure that you have a comfortable place to sleep and avoid any potential problems that could arise from sleeping in a smaller bed. If you have an infant, also carefully consider whether co-sleeping is something you feel you can do safely.


Sometimes the hotel setup may not be comfortable for co-sleeping/bed-sharing. If you are not satisfied with the setup, here are a few options:

  • -Remove excess bedding and pillows.

  • -Pull the mattress onto the floor to create a floor bed.

  • -Move furniture around to get rid of gaps.


Tip #5- Don't Fret


It's perfectly normal for your baby or toddler's sleep to be disturbed while traveling. There are a lot of new stimuli for them to take in, which can be overwhelming. Just enjoy your trip and let them adjust at their own pace. They'll be back to their regular sleep schedule in no time.


In Conclusion,


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Love & Sleep,


Jamilia

Updated: Jul 21



It can be difficult for parents to feel equally involved in their child's life when one parent is breastfeeding. The other parent may feel left out or like they are not able to contribute as much. However, there are ways for the non-breastfeeding parent to be more involved in their child's life.


Here are five ways your partner can help with breastfeeding.


1. Get your partner involved from the start.


The best way to get your partner involved in breastfeeding is to start immediately. Then, when pregnant, have them read up on the subject and attend breastfeeding classes with you. This way, they'll be just as prepared as you are when the time comes.


2. Let them help out.

Many things need to be done when breastfeeding, from pumping to sterilizing equipment. Let your partner help out with some of these tasks so they can feel involved in the process.


Another way your partner can help is by feeding the baby breast milk from a bottle. This is an excellent option for nighttime feedings and gives you much-needed rest. Plus, it's a beautiful way for the other parent to bond with the baby.





3. Encourage them to bond with baby


One of the best ways for your partner to bond with the baby is to hold and cuddle them while you breastfeed. This skin-to-skin contact benefits both baby and dad and will help your partner feel more connected to the breastfeeding experience.


4. Talk about it.


Talk to your partner about how breastfeeding is going. Discuss any challenges you're facing and ask for their support. This open communication will help them understand what you're going through and how they can best help you.


5. Seek out their advice.


If you're having trouble breastfeeding or just looking for some advice, don't be afraid to ask your partner. They may not be medical professionals, but they probably have some excellent insights that can help you.


In Conclusion,


Breastfeeding can be a trying experience for new mothers, but it doesn't have to be. With your partner's help, you can make it through this time and emerge more vital than ever. These five ways your partner can help with breastfeeding will make the experience more bearable and, hopefully, more enjoyable. So give them a try and see how they work for you.


I highly encourage you to ask for help when needed and to reach out to a lactation consultant or other breastfeeding support if you have any questions or concerns.