It was 8 years ago (almost) that I became a first time Mom. During pregnancy the prospect of motherhood excited me to no end, and once my bundle of joy entered the picture that excitement didn’t fade. However with that excitement also became that added layer or fear and the unknown.
As a new first time Mom, I also did my best. I often reached out to friends for advice when I could. However – there were points in my days of early motherhood when I had nowhere to turn. The nights would be dark, lonely, stressful and full of a lot of tears. My newborn baby and my own.
My firstborn was a night-time crier. AND – I was a zombie Mom. No -seriously there was once a point in time where I just spent days, which eventually turned into weeks, locked in my bedroom with my baby feeling helpless simply for the fact that sleep just wasn’t happening. So there we would be alternating between nursing, trying to cosleep, changing diapers (which she seemed to fill all too frequently), bouncing and shushing, rocking in the chair… and repeating the process all too much. Only maybe add in a couple more diaper changes to the mix. It feels like we had to do 3 to 5 diaper changes overnight, and a couple thousand more over the day.
The times might have been tough, but they have certainly gotten better over the years. The saying that this too shall pass stands true. Not only that we learn and we grow. I have had 3 more children since my firstborn, and have experienced nothing similar.
However, as a Mom, I can vouch how important sleep is not just for baby, but also for you and your sanity.
Pampers also understands how important sleep is for baby’s development. Research shows babies’ skin can sense wetness, acting as little “alarm clocks” to potentially wake them up.
This is why they have introduced new improved Pampers Baby Dry. The new Pampers Baby Dry includes extra absorbency channels that are thinner than the old Baby Dry diapers and help to keep baby three times drier. This new innovation can also be seen in Swaddlers and Cruisers. The best part? The fact that these diapers will help keep baby more comfortable making a better night’s sleep possible.
In addition to adding the new improved Pamper Baby Dry to your bedtime rotation, Sleep Expert, Andrea Strang, shares tips to help your baby get a better night’s sleep:
Worrying about sleep makes sleep worse.
Parents receive many mixed messages about the dos-and-don’ts of raising a child – especially around the topic of sleep. This can cause a lot of worry, stress, and guilt. Babies are sensitive to their parents’ emotions and it makes them even less likely to sleep well if you’re stressed. When you find techniques that feel natural and work for your family, stick with them and trust the process. There is no one way to parent and every situation is unique. Also, make sure to take time for yourself, even if it’s just five minutes to recharge – this makes a world of difference!
Keep things dark at night.
Light exposure at night has one of the biggest impacts on sleep quality in our modern society. In the evening when the lights dim, our bodies start to produce the sleepy hormone, melatonin. Melatonin not only helps us to feel tired, but it also recharges through the night to help promote sleep… as long as we are sleeping in the dark. If you can avoid turning on the lights in your child’s room at night, this is ideal. Other helpful tips include investing in black-out blinds or screen protectors to do your best to block out light. You can also swap out your regular light bulbs which emit blue or white light for new bulbs that emit red, yellow or orange.
Avoid overnight diaper changes.
If diaper changes can be avoided at night, this can encourage better sleep for children and parents. Not only do babies dislike being naked, this also ties back to light exposure. When melatonin is reduced in the night, cortisol levels rise, which makes us more wakeful and can fragment sleep cycles, causing lighter sleep, especially in the early morning. A better diaper will help to ensure a full-night’s sleep while keeping your baby dry and avoiding leakage. With Pampers Baby Dry offering 12-hour protection and extra absorb channels you can rest assured your baby is comfortable which means more sleep for everyone.
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