A Healthy Little Note: Issue #14
Being a new parent is tough. Once you leave the bubble of your hospital room and enter the real world with this tiny human you suddenly have to face the realities of feedings, sleep schedules and diaper changes.
That's why this week I want to take a moment to focus on YOU and your health, by taking a deep dive into how to handle your own sleep deprivation and postpartum depression.
Plus, I've got a couple of podcast recommendations for you (including one I was actually on!), and a recommendation for the softest blankets you'll ever feel.
Here we go...
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1. YOUR BABY'S NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO NEEDS SOME SLEEP
When you're taking care of your little one night after night, it's easy to forget your baby's not the only one who needs enough shut eye.
If your baby's up, so are you -- and that's every 2-3 hours for a couple of months in a row...at the very least. And it's dangerous.
In my new post I explain how sleep deprivation increases your risk of developing postpartum depression and how it ultimately affects the way you parent.
I've also listed some additional resources that can help you and your family understand and navigate postpartum depression.
And if you're looking for sleep guidance for you and your baby, go here to schedule a FREE 15-minute call with me and we can chat about it!
Or, just reply to this email with any questions you have, and I'll be happy to answer.
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2. CHECK ME OUT ON "KATIE'S CRIB!"
Want to take a break from reading my thoughts about sleep training and HEAR me share some of my best tips?
Pop in some earbuds and check out my recent appearance on the Katie's Crib podcast.
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3. A STAY-AT-HOME DAD'S TAKE ON PARENTING
Glen Henry got his super powers through fatherhood, and his take on the situation is a funny and entertaining listen.
Check out this TED Talks podcast episode to hear him explain how being a stay-at-home parent is nothing like he expected and how he's documenting the amazing experience.
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4. THE ONE QUESTION THAT CAN STOP YOU FROM OVERPARENTING
It's one thing to be a good parent, but another to go overboard.
This Washington Post article suggests the one question that can stop you from overparenting is to simply ask your little one, "How would you like to handle this?"
You might be surprised what comes of the answer.
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5. SOFTEST. BLANKETS. EVER
Do you and your little one love soft blankets? Of course you do.
That's why you're going to want to check out the stuff at Ivie Baby Shop - my kids LOVED them!
And with ever-changing prints, the cutest designs in town, and everything from boppy covers to crib sheets you can't go wrong.
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That wraps up this issue!
Hope you enjoyed it and I'd LOVE if you shared it with your friends on social media or spread the word on the local Mommy gossip circuit - thanks!
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