The brain of Leslie Newton is a beautiful place. It created not one, but TWO diaper bag brands, wrote a sketch for a little known show called “Saturday Night Live”, and co-wrote this epic rap about life with a newborn.

Her current venture, Newlie, creates diaper bags that don’t skimp on style or function. Because new parents want to have it all—and why not?

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It’s safe to say that she’s one epic mom. And one thing she credits for keeping her sanity—and the creative juices flowing—is an amazing thing called sleep.

Now, new mom, you might not remember what sleep feels like. Glorious sleep. Wondrous sleep where the world is full of rainbows and unicorns. Leslie’s got your back. She’s put together six hacks to help you get the most out of your sleep.

Leslie Newton: Once you become a mama, it becomes difficult to get a full night sleep. And I’m not just talking about the newborn years. As your little one gets older, your time is filled up with their activities, as well as any hobbies or work of your own you’re trying to fit in! Trying to manage your time can get super stressful, which can really affect your quality of sleep. Here are my tips for getting that rest.

Tip 1: Put away all electronics at least two hours before bed

It’s so tempting to check social media and emails once your little ones are asleep, but the light from your electronics can help prevent the proper production of melatonin you need in order to help your body fall asleep. If you absolutely can’t do it, there are glasses you can buy that supposedly help to block the light as you look at your electronics–I don’t know if they work, but I guess you can always try?

Tip 2: Take some time to meditate on it

Meditation is a great way to help your body stay calm and grounded throughout the day and at bedtime. If you can, try to meditate for 5-10 minutes a few times a day—or at least before bedtime. You can close your eyes and watch your breath as you breathe in and out. Whenever your mind wanders, just gently bring it back to your breath. Another way to meditate is to listen to a guided meditation. There are a lot of guided meditations online you can download.

Tip 3: Ease stress by stretching

This is a really great way to ease stress out of your body. Find some stretches online and write them down. Then every night before bed you can treat your body to some stretching and decompress.

Tip 4: Unwind with some hot, soothing water

A hot shower or bath is always a great way to settle in before bed. Get yourself some aromatherapy bath balms to enhance your experience! Dim the lights, light a candle, enjoy some soothing music and just let yourself relax. Such a great way to soothe your nerves after a long day.

Tip 5: Get into a routine

Having a nightly bedtime ritual is a great way to get a good night’s sleep. By doing the same ritual every night, you train yourself to calm down and decompress. Any or all of the things mentioned above can be used in a nightly ritual to help you get a great night sleep!

Want more? Here’s some more Motherly Insights from the lovely Leslie.

How do you make your mornings run smoothly?

I try to do anything the night before that I can. I make my daughter’s lunch and have her pick out her clothes for school the night before. My husband also helps every morning so everything doesn’t fall on just me. We work as a team to make sure we all get out of the house on time.

The lifehack or tip that has changed my life. . .

Leslie: I finally really committed myself to exercising regularly and that has really helped with my overall stress. I feel so much stronger and calmer. When I go a few days without exercise, I really feel off.

What superpower have you discovered as a mom?

Leslie: To know that there is no way I can get everything done. Sometimes my house is a mess for longer then I want, sometimes my outfits just aren’t that cute. Sometimes my to-do list gets behind. I’ve learned to just go with the flow. I find it’s the only way to survive!

This quote inspires me. . .

Leslie: “Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it’s stupid.” Albert Einstein

To me Motherly means…

Leslie: Love, strength, and empowerment.

Haley Campbell is the founder of Beluga Baby and creator of the ultimate bamboo baby carrier. She is a regular contributor to Motherly and is an avid advocate for entrepreneurs, and for the new generation of mothers making the world their own.

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When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.


The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.

As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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