5 Facts You Should Know About Newborn Sleep

After I delivered my firstborn, I received around-the-clock attention from doctors and nurses. But, when it was time to leave the hospital and go home, I remember asking my favorite nurse, "Will you come home with me?" and I truly meant it!

I had so many questions and I was overwhelmed by my lack on answers.

One of the most pressing questions with a new baby is how to handle sleep. Everyone has heard stories about how once you have a baby, you will never sleep again, among many other myths and wives' tales about infant sleep. As a child sleep consultant, and a mom who chose to prioritize sleep, I discovered that sleep is a learned skill.

Here are some facts about sleep that can help you navigate this new world:

Fact #1: Newborns should NOT be sleeping through the night.
A newborn's circadian rhythm* is not developed, nor are their stomachs large enough to go without eating for more than a few hours at a time. It is completely normal for your baby to have his days and nights confused and to sleep/wake in frequent but random patterns. To help them develop this rhythm, you can start to organize their sleep by keeping it light during the day and by maintaining normal household volume; while keeping it dark and minimizing activity during nightly feedings and diaper changes.

*Circadian rhythm: The physical, mental, and behavioral changes that roughly follow a 24-hour cycle, and respond mainly to light and darkness.

Fact #2: Newborns do NOT have the skills to self-soothe or cope. They must learn these skills from their parent(s) or guardian.
Newborn babies don't have many ways to communicate with us, so they typically cry when they need something or are unhappy. They also spent the last 38-40ish weeks being cuddled and rocked to sleep. Meeting your baby's needs by creating a routine that includes holding, comforting, feeding, and placing her on her back to sleep will make her feel secure and happy so she can continue to develop properly and will eventually learn healthy sleep habits on her own.

Fact #3: Newborns need A LOT of sleep.
New babies need 16-20 hours of sleep each day. This sleep starts off as approximately two-hour stretches followed by 30-60-minute periods of being awake. As baby grows and develops in the first six months of life, the frequency of waking and sleep will slow and baby will spend longer stretches during the day awake, and longer stretches at night asleep. 
Eventually, baby will stay awake most of the day with a few naps in between and will stay mostly asleep throughout the night with a few short periods of being awake.

Fact #4: Babies show cues and meet sleep milestones that can help you establish routines.
Between the ages of 6-8 weeks, baby begins to show more signs of being aware of his surroundings, and has begun to learn facial expressions along with other social cues. Watching for these things can help you determine what your baby's needs are. Around this age is a good time to establish consistent routines surrounding bedtime such as putting baby to bed at the same time each night.

Fact #5: Every baby is different and we can help you navigate what works best for your family.
Despite the facts about sleep it is important to understand that every baby is different! Every baby reaches milestones at different times and every baby needs different things from their parent(s) or guardian. Our individualized sleep consulting services will instill confidence in you and help you to learn to read you baby's cues while also establishing some solid routines that work best for your baby, and your family.

***Stay tuned for an announcement about our NEW newborn sleep class that is scheduled launched early this summer!***

As a mom of four children, I too went through these struggles and found myself unsure and worried at times. With the right tools and support, I was able to find a solution that works best for our family, and I am confident you will too. If you find yourself needing some extra support, knowledge, and guidance, please don't hesitate to reach out as I would love to help.

Authored by: Audrey McCoy, Certified Child Sleep Consultant- SleepWell Baby
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach


For more information about the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations click HERE
To schedule a FREE 15-minute phone consult with Audrey McCoy, please contact her at
audrey@sleepwellbaby.ca

'Share the Love' Diaper Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NORTHEAST IOWA DOULAS “SHARE THE LOVE” WITH DIAPER DRIVE

Imagine having to cut back on basic necessities like food in order to provide diapers for your baby. For one in three families in the Cedar Valley, diaper need is a regular struggle.

But Northeast Iowa Doulas (NEID) is looking to ease that burden on area families with a diaper drive. 

“The average baby uses 6-10 diapers per day in their first year of life, which adds up fast and can be a huge financial burden on many families,” said Kaity Klotzbach, owner and doula at NEID. “Our goal is to help as many local families as we can so they don’t have to deal with the stress of choosing food or diapers.”  

The “Share the Love Diaper Drive” will take place on February 6 through 24. Donations of unopened disposable diapers and/or wipes in any size and brand can be taken to one of the event’s partner business drop off locations. All donations will be collected by Northeast Iowa Doulas and delivered to area women’s shelters for distribution to families in need. 

“A lack of resources for diapers not only causes emotional stress, but studies show that the health and development of children left in wet and soiled diapers is negatively affected and the impact extends far beyond that,” stated Klotzbach citing a study from the Journal of Pediatrics. “Without enough clean diapers babies cannot attend child care or early childhood education programs, and if they can’t attend those programs at least one of their parents cannot go to work - compounding financial need,“ she added. “Even providing a month’s worth of diapers to a family can have a profound impact on them.”

Donation drop off locations include:

  •     Partners in OBGYN - Waterloo
  •     Family Health Chiropractic - Waterloo
  •     Key West Fitness on University - Cedar Falls
  •     Vanderloo Chiropractic - Waterloo
  •     Rejuvenate Salon & Spa - Waterloo
  •      Inspired Living Chiropractic - Jesup

 

Northeast Iowa Doulas is a full-service agency offering professional birth and postpartum support services, and childbirth classes to families across Eastern Iowa. For more information, contact Kaity Klotzbach at 319-361-6984 or send an email to info@northeastiowadoulas.com.

How I Slept Through the Night, Even With a Newborn!
(Guest Blog)

"Sleep when the baby sleeps!” Yeah right. Every new and seasoned mom has heard this tidbit of knowledge when bringing home a new baby; I’m no exception. Even on baby number three well-meaning friends and family told me this. Sure it’s a great idea, but hardly practical. My husband didn’t get paternity leave, and all our family lives out of town. So I was right back to the same household duties that I had pre-newborn baby: 

-laundry to do
-suppers to make
-lunches to pack
-dishes to wash
-homework to help with
-a dog to walk

You get the picture.

I had all of this work to do while caring for and breastfeeding a new daughter while recovering from her birth. I was fortunate to not have anything major to recover from, but even an ‘easy’ labor and delivery are no joke! Add to that returning to work on the horizon, and the sleep deprivation and stress adds up fast.  

I attended an event looking for a chiropractor for my baby, and met Kaity Klotzbach, owner of Northeast Iowa Doulas. She told me all about postpartum care, and I’ll be the first to tell you I was hesitant. I was concerned what people would think, or even what the doulas would think of my parenting choices, but I’ll also be the first to tell you I was SO wrong and it was SO worth it! Not only did Kaity match me up with Kelly, a postpartum doula who was perfect for our family, but they all supported every decision I made without making me feel bad or wrong about it. I’m terribly sad I didn’t know these magical people existed 10 years ago when I had my first baby! 

I was breastfeeding and using a co-sleeping crib, which was going well - but I usually went to bed much later than my kids, and got up much earlier. This was because I was trying to get all the other household tasks done while I had longer uninterrupted breaks. Having an overnight doula allowed me to go to bed and wake up at reasonable times, because she took care of many of the light household chores for me - folding laundry, washing dishes, and meal prepping. On a couple occasions when my daughter was fussy and just wanted to be held, Kelly stepped in and kept her happy until she needed to nurse again, allowing me to sleep. After one particularly rough night, I woke up that morning surprised {and admittedly a bit panicked} to have slept in quite late - only to find my doula had gotten my other two kids up and fed and ready for school! 

Getting a full night of sleep, even a few nights a week, made me feel so much happier and healthier - physically and emotionally. Our overnight postpartum doula took immense stress off me, allowing me to actually enjoy bonding with my new baby and having extra quality time with my other kids and husband! This was going to be our last baby - but knowing what I know now about postpartum doula support, another baby would be a breeze!

Are you ready to get more sleep during the night so you can be well-rested and ready to take on the day ahead? Take the next step by contacting Northeast Iowa Doulas at (319) 361-6984 or info@northeastiowadoulas.com to learn more. You and your entire family will be so happy you did!

Authored by: Trish Morfitt, Waterloo, Iowa
 

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2016-Recap

World Breastfeeding Week was a blast! The week kicked off with an event at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital on Tuesday and ended with an event hosted by Northeast Iowa Doulas on Friday afternoon. Each event had fantastic turnout and offered moms in the Cedar Valley the opportunity to get out of the house and socialize with each other as well as connect with area professionals who were present to offer breastfeeding and postpartum support.

Tuesday – Unitypoint Allen Hospital

Our team was so excited to attend the kick-off event at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital. We loved seeing all the new moms at the event who were able to talk with nurses, WIC peer counselors, CLCs, and other educators. Those in attendance were able to enter their name in a drawing for a variety prizes, including: Medela Breast Pumps, gift cards, and gift baskets filled with goodies for parents and baby.

Attendees were also able to pick up a “passport” to use for the rest of the week. If the attendee made it to all four events during the week they were eligible for a special prize!

 

 The amazing staff at UnityPoint Allen Hospital were so excited to celebrate WBW 2016.

The amazing staff at UnityPoint Allen Hospital were so excited to celebrate WBW 2016.

Wednesday - Covenant Medical Center

Our team enjoyed this event immensely! The room was so full it looked as if they will have to open up the other side of the room and order another cake next year! We had a wonderful time visiting with several moms and their precious little ones. Door prizes included a Medela Pump in Style and an Ergo Baby Carrier! One thing attendees really loved seeing was the activity table for older siblings. IBCLCs, Rhonda, Debbie and Phyllis and the rest of the lactation staff at Covenant did a wonderful job pulling this event off! We are looking forward to seeing what they have in store for the community next year!

 

 What Does Breastfeeding Mean to you? Covenant Medical Center WBW 2016 Event.

What Does Breastfeeding Mean to you? Covenant Medical Center WBW 2016 Event.

 Northeast Iowa Doulas owner, Kaity Klotzbach, with Whitney and Nora.

Northeast Iowa Doulas owner, Kaity Klotzbach, with Whitney and Nora.

 Affiliate Doula, Kelly Fischer and Kaity Klotzbacah, NEID owner, at Covenant for WBW 2016.

Affiliate Doula, Kelly Fischer and Kaity Klotzbacah, NEID owner, at Covenant for WBW 2016.

Thursday – Operation Threshold

Operation Threshold had a successful event as well! So many moms and their little ones were able to be there to celebrate their breastfeeding journeys. Door prizes included a gift basket that contained a boobie beanie hat, hand crafted by Carrie Evans. Operation Threshold staff announced they will soon be starting a breastfeeding support group. During the event attendees were given sticky notes and encouraged to suggest names for the new support group. This will be yet another excellent resource for moms in the Cedar Valley.

 

 Operation Threshold staff were so happy with the turnout at their WBW 2016 celebration.

Operation Threshold staff were so happy with the turnout at their WBW 2016 celebration.

 WIC Peer Counselor, Amanda Perkins, connects with area moms and their babies at Operation Threshold.

WIC Peer Counselor, Amanda Perkins, connects with area moms and their babies at Operation Threshold.

Friday – Northeast Iowa Doulas at Family Health Chiropractic

Our World Breastfeeding Week event at Family Health Chiropractic was a great success! Moms were able to connect with each other in a supportive environment while kids were able to play with toys and color in the coloring books provided by NEID. Everyone loved the treats provided and the special decorated cookies with the national breastfeeding icons were definitely the crowd favorite. Attendees were able to enter a drawing for some fabulous door prizes.

Congratulations to our winners!

Laura Greiner: Breastmilk Freezing & Storage Bottles Bulk Pack
Courtesy of Family Health Chiropractic, PC

Jonni Meier: Family Photography Session
Courtesy of Mama Meraki Photography

Audrey Edwards: Family Photography Session
Courtesy of Mama Meraki Photography

Carly Buls: GRAND PRIZE – Breastfeeding Support Gift Basket (value $200+)
**Includes 4 hours of specialized postpartum doula care**
Courtesy of Northeast Iowa Doulas

We were so pleased to offer breastfeeding mini sessions. During the event, photographer Stephanie Bertoli, owner of Mama Meraki Photography, was able to capture beautiful images in during each session. Many attendees took advantage of this special offer so this will definitely be something we offer every year. We look forward to having Stephanie back next year.
 

 Beautiful images from a breastfeeding mini session taken during the Northeast Iowa Doulas WBW event. This is Audrey and her precious daughter, Neleaha..  Photo credit: Stephanie Bertoli, owner of  Mama Meraki Photography  in Cedar Falls.

Beautiful images from a breastfeeding mini session taken during the Northeast Iowa Doulas WBW event. This is Audrey and her precious daughter, Neleaha.. 
Photo credit: Stephanie Bertoli, owner of Mama Meraki Photography in Cedar Falls.

 Affiliate Doula, Alaina McElmeel, talking with attendees.

Affiliate Doula, Alaina McElmeel, talking with attendees.

 Nora is the perfect model for this "Eat Local" T-shirt. Isn't she beautiful?

Nora is the perfect model for this "Eat Local" T-shirt. Isn't she beautiful?

 Door prizes at Northeast Iowa Doulas/Family Health Chiropractic Event.

Door prizes at Northeast Iowa Doulas/Family Health Chiropractic Event.

 Moms connecting and enjoying each other's company while children play.

Moms connecting and enjoying each other's company while children play.

 Affiliate Doula, Kelly Fischer, was able to reconnect with a previous client and her handsome little man.

Affiliate Doula, Kelly Fischer, was able to reconnect with a previous client and her handsome little man.

 Laura Greiner, excited to be attending the Northeast Iowa Doulas WBW 2016 event!

Laura Greiner, excited to be attending the Northeast Iowa Doulas WBW 2016 event!

 It was so great to see moms connecting!

It was so great to see moms connecting!

 The snacks were a hit with moms and kids alike.

The snacks were a hit with moms and kids alike.

 Beautifully decorated cookies sporting variations of the national breastfeeding icon were a crowd favorite. Check out  6th Street Tasty Treats  for all your cookie needs!

Beautifully decorated cookies sporting variations of the national breastfeeding icon were a crowd favorite. Check out 6th Street Tasty Treats for all your cookie needs!

 Northeast Iowa Doulas team and Dr. Stacy Carlin From left to right: Kelly Fischer, Alaina McElmeel, Victoria Cartland, Kaity Klotzbach, Dr. Stacy Carlin (Missing NEID affiliates: Bethany Anderson and Trish Morfitt)

Northeast Iowa Doulas team and Dr. Stacy Carlin
From left to right: Kelly Fischer, Alaina McElmeel, Victoria Cartland, Kaity Klotzbach, Dr. Stacy Carlin
(Missing NEID affiliates: Bethany Anderson and Trish Morfitt)


We’d like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Stacy Carlin of Family Health Chiropractic. Thank you, Dr. Stacy and staff, for partnering with Northeast Iowa Doulas again this year to bring this fantastic event to our community.

We had an amazing time celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2016 in the Cedar Valley and look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Authored by: Victoria Cartland and Kaity Klotzbach

 

World Breastfeeding Week 2016


What is World Breastfeeding Week?

World Breastfeeding Week 2016 kicked off August 1st, 2016! 
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) was started by the
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in 1991. The main goals of World Breastfeeding Week is to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding around the world.

Who participates in World Breastfeeding Week?

Anyone can participate in WBW! There are more than 170 countries that recognize and participate in World Breastfeeding Week.

How can I participate in World Breastfeeding Week?

Members of the Cedar Valley Breastfeeding Coalition have planned four different events this week in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. At each event there will be prizes, refreshments, and a time to socialize!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2nd
UnityPoint Allen Hospital
1825 Logan Ave
Waterloo, IA 50703
10:00AM-12:00PM

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3rd
Covenant Medical Center
3521 West 9th Street
Waterloo, IA 50702
1:00PM-3:00PM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4th
Operation Threshold
1535 Lafayette Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
1:30PM-3:30PM

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5th
Northeast Iowa Doulas at Family Health Chiropractic
203 East Tower Park Drive
Waterloo, IA 50701
2:00PM-4:00PM

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748204232119157/

Stay tuned throughout the week for more blogs about breastfeeding, pictures from the events, and a review of everything that happened during the week. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Authored by: Victoria Cartland
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach

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