Remember when your baby was a brand new, squishy little bundle who just ate, pooped and slept—over and over again? Yeah, those days are over, and your little one is now more active, alert and aware of her surroundings. This makes it a great time to start developing a regular routine for both you and baby. Routines provide structure and comfort and a sense of predictability for your baby. You know how you look forward to your morning coffee or your favorite Sunday night TV show? Having consistent sleep routines for both nap and bedtime helps your baby settle down, prepare for sleep and develop healthy sleep habits.
For some parents, nights up with a newborn can morph into clinical insomnia — a risk factor for postpartum depression. Know when to seek help. I often refer to the perinatal period, or the time immediately before and after birth, as a perfect storm for insomnia, which greatly increases the risk for postpartum depression.
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