Yesterday was another successful weigh in at my Wednesday WW meeting. Down 3lbs this week and it’s amazing! This weeks discussion is a little trick though. The subject for this week is

Sleep Well

I mean, we’ve all heard the studies about how you need to get 7,8,9 hours of sleep in order to be productive. Well, this isn’t just a healthy, weight-loss blog. This is a mommy blog too, and with that comes the implicit understanding that, mommies don’t get sleep. Because sleep, for us, is a commodity.

For most of us its a lot less of this:IMG_4768
And a lot more of this:

coffee and icecream

But regardless, there are studies that link the lack of sleep to being unable to lose weight. So, with that being said, what is your nighttime routine like? How do you find yourself winding down for the day, or better yet, winding your little one down?

Here’s three things that can help, possibly you and the baby sleep better.

  1. Blackout curtains, best way to get my daughter asleep is keeping it dark in the room.
  2. White Noise, this is kind of a two-fer. Because of her 3 weeks in the NICU where it was always super quiet, Anastasia is sensitive to sounds, if it is super silent any little thing wakes her up. The best way to keep her asleep is a white noise machine. Our plays waves and it works wonders!
  3. Number three we are working on ourselves (still trying to convince the husband) but is it time to graduate the little one to their own room? Having that space at night can provide rest for both you and the baby. Or so they say, I’ll let you know when it actually happens.

Truth of the matter is, I know I’m blessed, Anastasia has been sleeping through the night since she was 4 months old, most moms (and dads) get mad at me when I say it. My exhaustion is from a totally different source. But these are definitely things that I found help us with her and having her sleep through the night.

I am still working on getting her on a routine as to when she goes to sleep for the night, as it is now it varies anywhere from 9PM to 11PM but I think that will happen naturally once we actually move her to her own room.

Sleep when your baby sleeps. Everyone knows the classic tip, but I say why stop there? Scream when your baby screams. Take Benadryl when your baby takes Benadryl. And walk around pantless when your baby walks around pantless.

Tina Fey

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