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Your child’s sleep and Daylight Savings Time

by Adriana Lozada

When trying to figure out your child’s sleep patterns, there’s always something to keep you on your toes: teething, colds, growth spruts, developmental milestones. And then there’s Daylight Savings Time changes. While the first ones show up nilly-willy, leaving little time for preparation, you know exactly when DST is going to hit. And you can be ready for it.

 

Next Sunday, November 5th, we turn our clocks back one hour.

 

Newborns and younger babies who don’t have a well established biological clock probably won’t be affected by the time change, but older babies, toddler and children are more likely to be thrown off by the drastic switch. Here are 4 ways you can help your child (or children) adjust to the time change:

 

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Going Back to Work, with Arianna Taboada

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #72

Going Back to Work – When preparing your maternity leave, what should you discuss with your employer during pregnancy? How will you make sure you have the support that you need? How long should you make your transition time? What about all the emotions you may go through? Arianna Taboada tells us more.

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Postpartum Doulas, with Jackie Kelleher

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #71

What is a postpartum doula? How does she help smooth your transition as a family? Is she only helpful during the first few days? Can having one lessen your chances of postpartum mood disorders? What if you had a Cesarean, or your baby is extra sensitive? How can you find one? Jackie Kelleher tells us more.

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Fertility Before & After Pregnancy, with Emily Varnam & Kelsey Knight

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #70

What are the many ways that your body communicates fertility? What do your cervix and breasts want you to know? How is your menstrual cycle affected by sleep or nutrition? What’s YOUR normal? Emily Varnam and Kelsey Knight tell us more about this 5th vital sign of health.

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Taking Care of You, with Mar Oscategui

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #65

When people say -with a glint in their eye- that after having a child “your life will never be the same”, they tend to leave out that being a parent is crazy hard! How can you prioritize your self-care in a simple and sustainable way, that will make everything better? Mar Oscategui has answers.

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Your Baby Mammal: Sleeping & Solids, with Diane Wiessinger (Part 2)

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #53

Last week, for the first part of this two part series with Diane Wiessinger, we discussed mammal behavior and instincts surrounding birth and breastfeeding. In this episode we’ll talk about how your mammal baby sleeps, and starts eating solids, as well as the non-event of weaning from breastfeeding. Go listen.

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Breastfeeding & Going Back to Work, with Nancy Mohrbacher

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #26

Going back to work while breastfeeding can be a tricky situation. When should you start preparing and what do you do? What can help maintain your milk production? Will your baby start waking up more at night? What do you need to know about your pump? What about if things start going south? I talk to Nancy Mohrbacher to find out.

 


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Postpartum Depression, with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #16

In this episode of the Birthful podcast, we focus on postpartum depression. As many as 1 in 5 moms will become depressed after having a baby. That’s a huge number, that unfortunately seems to be on the rise. I talk with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett about why postpartum depression happens, what it looks like, and what can be done about it.


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Low Milk Supply, with Diana Cassar-Uhl

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #15

To continue on our breastfeeding kick, in this episode of the Birthful Podcast we are going to be talking about low milk supply. Low milk supply -whether real or perceived- can seriously impact a breastfeeding relationship. I’ll be taking with Diana Cassar-Uhl, to help us navigate the constellation of reasons that may cause it, and possible solutions.


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Your child’s sleep and Daylight Savings Time

Time to spring forward!

by Adriana Lozada 

Even though it it’s still snowing in this part of the world, spring is just around the corner. Longer days also mean Daylight Savings Time changes, and that can certainly wreak havoc with your child’s sleeping patterns. Here’s some ways you can prepare and minimize the effects.

Next Sunday, March 8th, you will wake up having to turn your clocks forward one hour.

Newborns and younger babies who don’t have a well established biological clock probably won’t be affected by the time change, but older babies, toddler and children are more likely to be thrown off by the drastic switch.

Early riser? You’re in luck!

If you have a particularly early riser, take advantage of this clock change! When the clock springs forward, the usual 6 am will be 7 am. Let her sleep “in”, and make her bedtime one hour later according to the clock. So if your child had a bedtime of 6 pm, then switch it with the clock to 7 pm. Biologically, she won’t know the difference, but according to the clock she will no longer be waking so early. Win-win.


Here are 4 ways you can help your child (or children) adjust to the time change:
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