Postnatal Sleep Deprivation And The WAHM~10 Ways To Deal, Naturally

During your third trimester of pregnancy it becomes harder to get comfortable at night and begins to affect your quality and length of sleep. Shortly there after, you go into labor which is long and exhausting for most. All of this leading into late night diaper changes, feedings every couple hours and fussiness to the wee hours of the morning. This is where it all begins! Ah, the joys of parenthood.

As parents of healthy babies, the single most hardest thing in my opinion is lack of sleep. If you have more than one child things quickly go back to their routines after your new baby is born. During the day we manage our jobs or business’ we run from our home. While this is a blessing in itself to be able to stay home with our baby it can be a task that is not handled easily by many. Working from home can be an added stress to your already tired body and brain.

The side effects of sleep deprivation can be serious. Postnatal sleep deprivation can make postnatal depression worse, impair your thinking, make you irritable, and slow your reaction time. The National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research found that infant abuse may be more likely for sleep-deprived parents, who may feel they are at their wits’ end and shake or hit a crying infant. Postnatal sleep deprivation can be managed and believe it or not can get easier.

Below you will find 10 ways to deal, naturally!


  1. Co-Sleep & Breastfeed: Another great reason to breastfeed your little angel! Although in most cases breastfed babies tend to eat more frequently, when breastfeeding you will not have to get up out of bed, make a bottle, warm it, and burp your baby several times. Not to mention you will not have to wash bottles, nipples and sterilize during the day so some of those extra chores are gone. You can actually fall back asleep while baby eats and you don’t have to worry about burping her. According to breastfeeding.com every scientific study of infant sleep confirms that babies benefits from co-sleeping. Not one shred of evidence exists to support the widely held notion that co-sleep is detrimental to the psychological or physical health of infants. In his book on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, pediatrician William Sears cites co-sleeping as a proactive measure parents can take to reduce the risk of this tragedy. McKenna’s research shows that babies who sleep with parents spend less time in Level III sleep, a state of deep sleep when the risk of apneas are increased. Further, co-sleeping babies learn to imitate healthy breathing patterns from their bunkmates. Just knowing this is relieving, do not you feel a good night sleep coming on already?
  2. Ask For Help: Being alert and well rested is not only important for you but for your baby as well. Look to your family and friends for help a few hours a day so that you can take a nap. Everyone loves a new baby and would be willing to let you get a little shut eye.
  3. Switch Off: Take turns with your partner with night time feedings. If you are breastfeeding have your partner do the burping and diaper changing. If your baby begins to use a bottle at some point let your partner take over.
  4. Take Naps: When EVER possible take a nap even if its just for a few minutes. Do not clean your house, make phone calls or take care of other chores while your baby is napping. Your baby’s nap time is your nap time! Take advantage of nap time, everything else can wait your rest is the most important thing!
  5. Meditate: This can be very soothing and revitalizing even if its for five minutes. Meditation is an extremely powerful way to relax during the day when a nap is not possible. When you meditate your conscious mind slows or stops and you can get in touch with emotions that you have been suppressing during the day when your distracted by daily chores. Meditation for just five minutes can feel like a power nap.
  6. Exercise: Working out can most certainly help you sleep better at night and give you lots more energy during the day. Who doesn’t want to work off the baby fat anyway? The key is to work out in the morning so you set the tone for the day, feeling good about yourself , feeling energized, and productive. Never work out less than three hours to bedtime, you will find it is hard to fall asleep. A lot of new moms feel they do not have the time to work out but there is a really great solution to that, mommy and me yoga and other mommy and me workouts! This is also very beneficial to your baby as well and it is also a wonderful bonding time for you and your baby.
  7. Schedule Your Work: Being a parent is a 24 hour job that never ends, no days off, no vacation time, no lunch breaks, and no sick days. Working at home can sometimes be feel this way as well if you do not manage your time properly, especially those starting up a new business. With that being said, it is extremely important to schedule your work time just like if you had a job out side of home. This means set a start time, lunch, and end time. Schedule your tasks and chores as well, assign days for certain things and mark it on you calender or day timer. Now we both know with kids things do not go according to schedule but at least you have a guideline or a direction. Doing this will make you feel more secure on an emotional level and you are less likely to have that overwhelmed out of control feeling. Our children are like our mirrors to us, if your in a bad mood more than likely they will be as well. If your feeling out of control they will sense this and take this on as well, all the more reason to take these healthy steps that our being recommended to you.
  8. Breastfeed: Another great reason to breastfeed you little angel! Although in most cases breastfed babies tend to wake up a little more frequently by breastfeeding you will not have to get up out of bed, make a bottle, ,warm it, and burp your baby several times. Not to mention you will not have to wash bottles, nipples and sterilize during the day so some of those extra chores are gone. You can actually fall back asleep while baby eats and you do not have to worry about burping her.
  9. Nutrition: When you are sleep deprived not only does your ability to think and handle stress, become compromised, it also has a direct affect on your immune system. This is a very important time to make sure you are getting the proper nutrition. Most anything that comes out of a box, can, or jar is processed and also contains preservatives. Eat a diet that includes raw fruits and veggies and lots of greens as these are on the alkaline side which is necessary to have a healthy immune system as no virus or disease can survive in an alkaline body.
  10. Use Supplement: When I say supplements I do not mean only nutritional supplements. Turn on a relaxation CD it could help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. You and your baby will benefit from infant massage so get some massage oils that contain essential oils. Drink a cup of chamomile tea and fill that baby’s bottle as well, it has very calming and soothing affect and is also great for digestive upsets. Taking a green supplement that you drink is also great for energy and your immune system!

Following these suggestions can make thing so much less stressful and who doesnt want that? The thing to always remember is that it will not be forever before you get an adequit nights sleep on a consistent basis, our children do grow up and it all seems to happen so fast. Stay in the moment and take each day for what it is, enjoy yourself, your children and your business for the present is the only thing that is real, the past is over and the future has not begun.

~Namaste~

 

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Chemicals In Baby Shampoo

Every parent wants beautiful shiny hair for their baby! Few look deeply into the ingredients contained in baby’s shampoo.

Why is our choice of baby shampoo so important?

The baby shampoo we use on our baby’s hair now, could have lasting effects into their childhood or even adult life!

Baby shampoo is specially designed for babies because babies are more sensitive to harsh chemicals that can be found in adult shampoos.

Babies have sensitive skin and can get dry easier, so baby shampoo is supposed to be designed to help moisturize, protect and clean gently. Are your shampoos non-toxic and hypoallergenic?

As parents, it is up to us to ensure that the baby shampoo we use on our baby’s hair is safe.

One of the most controversial chemicals in the market right now is sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS.
SLS is the chief foaming agent in today’s shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, and detergents.

Yes, SLS can often be found in many baby shampoos that are available today.

What is so Bad About SLS in Baby Shampoo?

In clinical studies on young animals it has been shown that SLS is absorbed through the skin, and then builds up in the eyes.
Many doctors today feel that SLS contributes to eye damage and blindness in young children.

Why Take This Risk?
Consider Natural Baby Shampoo

People are realizing the benefits of using natural products for their family.
Why not consider using a natural baby shampoo for the care of your baby’s hair?

Knowing this and being a parent of two babies I have been compelled to educate parents about this and offer products that do not contain SLS, harsh detergents, synthetic preservatives, petrochemicals, or alcohol.

Be aware that many unethical companies are claiming their baby shampoo products are natural and still contain the usual cocktail of harmful chemicals!

Choosing a safe, gentle baby shampoo greatly contributes to happy baths and a clean healthy babies.

Article On Chemicals Found In Baby Products


Harmful Chemicals Found In Baby Products

Baby care products may raise infant phthalate levelsBaby care products are possible sources of infant phthalate exposure, according to a study in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics.The human health impact of exposure to the chemical, which is often used to make ordinary products, including personal care products and baby toys, is still unclear. The study’s lead author emphasized the word ‘possible,’ when we spoke, something I personally found heartening, given the chemical burden I carry.But the study established three new findings:
Phthalate exposure is widespread in normal, healthy infants;every baby had detectable concentrations of one or more phthalate metabolites in their urine and over 80 percent of infants had seven or more phthalates detectable in their urine.
A mother’s use of baby lotion baby shampoo, and baby powder was related to higher concentrations of three phthalate metabolites–MEP, MMP, MIBP– in the babies’ urine.
These findings are strongest in infants younger than eight months who may be more vulnerable to developmental and reproductive toxicity.

“These baby care products predicted phthalate exposure in baby urine samples, but it’s not the only thing,” the study’s lead researcher, Sheela Sathyanarayana of the University of Washington, told me. “It’s likely diet as well as the home environment. We couldn’t control for home exposure.”Phthalates are synthetic chemicals found in industrial and common household items, including PVC plastics, cosmetics, personal care products, plastic toys that children love to suck on, vinyl products and products with fragrance. Inceasingly, they’re coming under attack by environmental and health advocacy groups.

Target recently became the lastest major retailer to announce it will reduce its use of PVC plastic.

A California law that bans six phthalates found in toys and child care items, such as teethers and feeding products, will go into effect in 2009.

And the Food and Drug Administration has said that DEHP in medical tubing may be harmful to premature infants that are hospitalized, but no regulations have been created.