It’s been 5 years since Debbie Sasson, a sleep consultant at Sleep Sisters, has had a newborn and she is shocked by much she and her husband have forgotten! As Debbie gets closer and closer to her due date, she’s been frantically emailing her friends and sister to make sure that she hasn’t forgotten what she’ll need for her new baby. In fact, many of the things she thought she needed have been replaced with newer, better, and safer items. She’s been amazed at how quickly the world of child-rearing changes.
Of course, as a sleep consultant, Debbie’s also started thinking about how she’s going to establish healthy sleep routines with her new child. When she had her first child, she was in the dark – her sister tried to give her as much advice as she could but Debbie was so sleep-deprived and feeling so overwhelmed that it took her a while to really grasp what she had to do to ensure healthy sleep for her and her baby. Since then, she’s become a sleep consultant and now feels so much more prepared. However, Debbie also recognizes that every baby is different, and nobody knows what the temperament of her second child will be like. To prepare for the healthy sleep of her newest family member, she has:
- Re-assembled and checked the safety of the crib (no bumpers or soft fabrics – just a mattress and sheet!) so that her baby will have a consistent and still place to sleep.
- Obtained a new, organic crib mattress and let it air out.
- Set up a pack-n-play in her room for the first few months the baby is home so that she can nurse easily and quickly get her baby back to sleep.
- Installed an air conditioner in the baby’s room to ensure that the baby will be cool enough for the last few weeks of summer.
- Checked to make sure there are enough swaddle blankets and pacifiers.
- Bought a new white noise machine (though her sister thinks this is silly because she uses the white noise from a humidifier or a white noise app on an old iPod).
- Installed room-darkening shades in the baby’s room.
Debbie and her husband have thought about their 4.5-year-old as well. They moved her into her new room a few months ago so that she would not feel “displaced” as a result of her sister’s birth by telling her that since she was bigger, she needed a bigger room. They kept her involved in picking out new sheets for her bigger bed. Additionally, Debbie and her husband have been reading books to their daughter about being a big sister and talking about what she might expect. They’ve lined up a few family members who will be available to entertain her if the baby arrives before she starts school again and have also come up with some events for her to look forward to doing with them. Maintaining her routine will be key for her own well-being when the new baby arrives.
Now all Debbie needs is some rest before baby #2 arrives!