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Well Rounded Wellness: Parent Sleep

Sometimes it’s you that needs the sleep training.

Well Rounded Wellness: Parent Sleep

Sometime around the third trimester, you realize that sleep as you know it may never be the same. Between the belly and the kicking and the plain old nerves of baby’s arrival, it’s near impossible. But from mama to mama? Now’s the time to start learning about some healthier sleep habits. For you, not baby. Because before you know it, baby will be here and his or her sleep is going to be all you can think about when you’re supposed to be in REM. “How many naps should baby be taking?” “Is baby breathing?” “Should I sleep train?” And while we admit that worry is something that comes with the parenting territory, we want you to get in the habit of checking in with yourself. Sleep, of course, is one of those things that’s unpredictable in those early stages, but at one point or another you’ll start getting into a routine, and you will be the one who needs the bedtime rules. We know, we know--we like to squeeze all we can out of a day too, but losing a few hours here and there can seriously have negative effects on you (and if you ask my fiancé, those around you who have to deal with cranky mama in the morning!). Lack of sleep can cause forgetfulness, depression, impair attention and can even kill your sex drive--as if that postpartum period wasn’t difficult enough to deal with on its own. A good night’s sleep is essential for your body and mind to repair and detox. Something we can all benefit from. So when Jawbone approached us about reviewing the Jawbone UP MOVE activity tracker and Smart Coach feature, it felt like the perfect time to work towards healthier habits. Here are 5 tips to help you work towards a better night’s sleep. 1. Maintain a regular sleep-wake schedule. Your child has a regular bedtime. Why not you? Experts say that a regular sleep schedule helps maintain the timing of the body’s internal clock, enabling you to fall asleep and wake up easier. 2. Bring in reinforcements. No not sleeping pills. But some good old fashioned herbal remedies. Chamomile tea has been an age old remedy for sleep. So has lavender. This one is a favorite. 3. Get outside. Melatonin is controlled by light exposure so the more time you get outside, the more signals your body will get that it’s daylight, in turn secreting melatonin in the evening when it’s supposed to. Another good excuse to get our steps in throughout the day. 4. Shut off. Artificial light can really send your circadian rhythms haywire. As hard as it may be, try and turn off all electronics, phone, computer, and TV one hour before bed. You’ll be much happier for it in the morning. 5. Take a nap. While sleeping your full 7-9 hours of sleep each night is ideal, take the advice of everyone and their mother and sleep when baby sleeps. Even just a short 20-minute power nap can do wonders. This post was brought to you by Jawbone UP MOVE.

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By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.

$159.99

Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

$29.99

Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

$29.99

Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

$9.99

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

$14.99

Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

$24.99

Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

$8.99

Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

$7.99


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