Category - Birth – First Year
Sacrifice, Joy, and 12 Tips for Surviving as New Parents
Some regard parenthood as the ultimate “sacrifice” in life because it requires us to put another life before ourselves. It’s no secret that the initial sleepless nights with a new baby are difficult. And sometimes this sleep deprivation can go on for months, or even years! It doesn’t make matters any better to think about how easy it must be for friends who do not have children. With some amount of envy, I remember contemplating my care-free, single friends who were living the good life while I was home nesting in an endless, sleepless state, wondering if I would survive…. Continue Reading
Celebrate Families and Young Children at Parents Place Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 17!
**** This article was written in advance of our first annual Family Fun Day in 2014. Family Fun Day 2019 is coming up on April 28, register here > Parents Place is thrilled to announce its first annual Family Fun Day. If you live on the Peninsula and you have babies or children under five years old, you won’t want to miss this free event. Kids can bounce in the toddler fun zone, rock out to live music, sample a tasty treat, and play at one of the many children’s activity tables, sponsored by our community partners. Parents can meet… Continue Reading
The First Year Thrilling? Now You Need Some Chilling
Little do we know during pregnancy that almost every waking minute immediately postpartum will be filled with baby-related tasks. All of our best laid plans during our “time off”—organize closets, decorate the baby’s room, paint the guest room, go out to lunch with friends and coworkers, etc.—have gone awry. Where has all the time gone? Most “still-at-home” parents, especially if their partner has returned to work, will admit that the excitement of the first few weeks is inevitably replaced with sleep deprivation and “cabin fever.” This unexpected feeling of loneliness is frequently discussed in my “Baby and Me” Drop-in groups…. Continue Reading
Sleep Like a Baby?
Two weeks ago, my baby suddenly started waking every one to two hours at night. He won’t go back to sleep unless I feed or hold him. Does this mean I need to do sleep training? This is a question I hear several times a week from parents of babies in my Baby and Me! classes and drop-in groups. Many have heard about “sleep regression,” but don’t know how to fix it. At about 4 months of age, your baby’s sleep pattern changes and becomes more like an adult’s, in that he progresses slowly from drowsy to light sleep and then,… Continue Reading
And Baby Makes Four: Growing Your Family
Your lives are about to change … again. This time, however, you’re more tired, more aware of the difficult early days of infancy, and more concerned about the intricacies of balancing life with a new baby and an older sibling. Those precious nap times you nabbed during the first pregnancy are now filled with the boundless energy of a young child who demands your time and attention. You may be overwhelmed with practical questions, such as what to do when you’re nursing the baby and your older child starts creating mischief. And you may be overwhelmed with mixed emotions about… Continue Reading