Besides being tired and sleepy, the first
is nearly always emotional: we feel
on energy and without much confidence in what we do.
It's good to realize this and to think about it when you feel depressed
after many broken nights with your baby. It's
the lack of sufficient rest
doing this -
not being strong enough or not trying hard enough.
by catching up on rest as much as you can. A quick nap, an early night
or even an hour or so between the last day and first night feed can
work wonders. You may find a couple of simple
do not hesitate to ask your partner, family or friends to help you from
time to time, for example with babysitting while you nap. If you would
like support you can also
, I'm always happy to advise.
The answer to the
Is Sleep Important?
question is in all of the above.
The best tip I can give is to keep the importance in
the back of your mind, but do not over-emphasize. Simple as it may seem, keeping
will help both you and your little one get more rest.
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 14+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.