Get free advice from a sleep consultant

I had no idea sleep would become so important until I had my baby. Boy, does it make the difference between a good day and a bad one for baby and myself included! Every baby will sleep differently, and their sleep patterns will change as they develop and mature. Baby’s sleep patterns can often set the tone for your day – if you have a baby that will only sleep in their stroller, expect to spend a lot of time outdoors. For the baby that likes brief but frequent naps, it may mean short naps for mom to maintain her energy too.

Good Night Sleep Site for Durham hosts an online sleep clinic every Wednesday from 1-2pm EST on their Facebook page wall

If you have concerns about the way your baby is sleeping, or if you find that these sleeping patterns hold your family back from a good night’s rest, a sleep consultant is an effective resource at your disposal. Every Wednesday afternoon from 1-2pm EST, Erin Oliveira, a Certified Sleep Consultant based in Durham, hosts a Sleep Clinic through her Facebook page. Parents are able to ask their questions relating to baby and toddler sleep on the Facebook wall and Erin responds in real time. If you don’t feel like sharing, there are lots of parents that are sharing their baby sleep struggles that you can read about and learn from. Best of all, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to access this wonderful resource!

Cost: The weekly Facebook Sleep Clinic is free to join and there is no cost associated with asking questions. If you would like a more in depth consultation for your sleep concerns, consultation packages listed on the Good Night Sleep Site website range from $150-385 for first time clients.

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Apply for a passport for baby

Mat leave is the ideal time to apply for a passport for your little one. I say this for a few reasons – if you ever find a must-book vacation deal or have a family emergency that requires you to fly out of Canada – having a passport ready to use for baby can save you a ton of time (and worry) in the future. Plus, getting passports made when your little ones are still small in their photos is pretty cute.

The cover and inside pages of the 2014 Canadian Passport

If you’re feeling a little daunted by all the steps involved when applying for a passport for baby, here are a few key tips:

pic via nationalpost.com

Swap newborn stories with moms at Babyville

Babyville is a support group run through the region of Durham health department for parents of babies aged between 0-6 months.

Babyville is a free program available to Durham Region residents

All groups are facilitated by a Durham Region Public Health Nurse which is a great opportunity to get reliable answers to a lot of “is it normal when… ” questions. The best part is, Babyville groups have strict rules about how group members treat each other. This includes a no judgement rule for any of the topics raised by attendees. I’ve now learned overcome any shyness pretty quickly in a group setting when question time rolls around, because most moms usually have the same questions that you might want to ask and this is a safe environment to do so.

The Babyville program consists of four weekly group sessions. To participate you must pre-register. Registrations can be made through the Durham Region Health Department at 1-800-841-2729 or 905-666-6241 ext. 3366

Cost: Free!

 

More information about the program is available on the Durham Region website with a Babyville pdf brochure available for download.