Are you getting enough sleep? Chances are that if you are a new parent, the answer is probably no. However, consistently not getting enough sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, isn't just bad for your health but could impact how you parent too. A study by the University of Illinois reveals the crucial role sleep has in parenting and explores the relationship between sleep and 'permissive parenting', the tendency to be inconsistent with discipline and set few guidelines and rules. Prioritize
advice for new parents
Attention, tired moms everywhere (and I know about 95% of you reading this article right now are tired moms!!) - we have a message for you. We know how overwhelmed and exhausted you are. We know that you love your little one so much it practically hurts, but that you are simply drowning in sleep problems. We know that you feel desperate and alone as you try to get your baby or toddler back to sleep at night. We know you sometimes wonder if you've done something wrong, or if you've "ruined"
When our baby had sleep problems, it felt like we were virtually prisoners to staying home night after night. We accepted it. After all, we were new parents and we know a baby does change your life. But, it can add even more stress when your baby has numerous night wakings to the point that it's not even the fact you have to stay home, but you don't know when your baby will wake next and therefore, you can't even get a babysitter and go out. This is especially true for many of the breastfeeding