Fourth Trimester Podcast Episode 10: […]
How to help little ones adjust in advance of the time change. Parents are naturally concerned that the time change can lead to an early waking sleep issue for their little one. We have come up with a few tried and true strategies to help advance your child’s circadian rhythm ahead of the time change.
Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, yoga therapist has dropped by my house to have tea and discuss her new book Awake At 3AM and tell us about how she applies insights both from psychotherapy and yoga/mindfulness practice to help parents through the very challenging perinatal period. Suzannah herself suffered with grueling hyperemesis and was thrown into depression and anxiety as a result. Hear her story and learn about her approach to helping us with the tough stuff.
There are many treatments for postpartum (or pregnancy) mood disorders and mothers (and fathers) are encouraged to speak to their care provider about the best course of treatment. PSI also has a Warmline, 800.944.4773 (4PPD) where you can get basic information, support and resources, in English and Spanish.
You can help your child by starting adjustments ahead of the time change. Beginning Tuesday night (March 6), begin to put your child down 10 minutes earlier for bed. You can do this by comforting, singing, reading, and starting the bedtime routine 10 minutes earlier. Continue this for the rest of the week. When the time change happens, your baby or toddler will have slowly adjusted to the new time.
Dr. Angelique Millette is a Family Sleep Consultant, Parent Educator, and creator of The Millette Method™. We welcomed her back on our show for a third time because she is simply that amazing. Here’s what we discuss:
How to prepare a baby for sleeping in their own room in a way that emphasizes safety and love for the child
When to start thinking about making the transition from room-sharing to the baby being in their own room (around 12-24 months is pretty typical)
What considerations to make for having siblings sleep in the same room together
How sleep solutions vary from child to child
How to identify and address nightmares and sleep terrors
We discuss the phases of preparation for helping a baby prepare for sleeping in their own room, including practical exercises you can do at home with your child right away. For example, you can use pretend play to demonstrate safety, as well as draw pictures and tell stories about the bedtime routine. Listen to Episode 47 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast for the details.