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Ok, mama. Picture this: It’s the middle of winter; freezing outside, overcast and dreary. You don’t want to leave the house with your baby unless it’s absolutely necessary and the next thing you know, it’s been almost an entire week since you’ve gone out. You start to wonder, “when was my last shower?” or maybe, “who was the last adult human I’ve had an intellectual conversation with?”
I GET IT. My first baby was born in October and I turned into a hermit. I didn’t want to go outside, I didn’t want Timmy to feel cold and I certainly didn’t want to risk driving on less-than-perfect condition roads. But it gets lonely. Of course you’re in love with your baby and you want to spend every moment with him, but you can quickly start feeling down in the dumps.
If this scenario reminds you of one of your mom friends, call her up and make plans. Offer to bring her some coffee or her favorite treat. See if she wants to meet up at a local play & cafe or if it’s easier for you to swing by and visit at her house. Additionally, offer her some ideas of where she can meet other moms with babies the same age as hers. There are usually some pretty amazing local mom groups/classes and I highly encourage taking advantage of them.
Now let’s talk about my top 6 ways to beat the winter blues:
  1. Brighten up the house: Let in some natural light and open the curtains.
  2. Eat healthy: Candy and too many carbs can lead to more anxiety and depression.
  3. Exercise for 35 minutes/day 5 times per week! Set it in your calendar if you need to!
  4. Listen to music. Either make a playlist of your favorite songs (yes, I still do that) or use some high tech gadgets to stream your tunes.
  5. Travel: You don’t have to spend a ton of money or go on a tropical vacation (I mean, I’d love to go to the Bahamas right about now), but make plans to get out of town for weekend or more. You could go visit a friend that lives out of town, or plan a quick family getaway. Having something to look forward to always helps!
  6. Get outside! Even in the cold weather, we can bundle up and get some good ol’ fresh air. This can even help with better focus and decreased stress levels.
If you have a toddler or an older child who seems to be stir crazy, or if you’re just running out of indoor activities to do during the winter, here are a few ideas:
Bring the snow inside. Grab a long and shallow bin and fill it with snow. Lay down some plastic garbage bags or a shower liner to protect your floor. Let your child play with the snow! You might want to encourage him to wear gloves. Throw in some spoons and cups and make an igloo!
Go “Indoor Camping!” Give your family a taste of summer and set up a tent inside. Camping is never complete without some s’mores so be sure to be prepared for the occasion!
  • Create a sensory bin. This can include anything from sand to rice or ice! Get creative and make sure you’re supervising these activities. There are always tons of ideas on Pinterest so Pin away!
  • For more ideas, check out this video! I collaborated with Baby League on YouTube and offered some more ideas for indoor activities on snowy days!

    If you have questions about this, please send me an email. Get in touch with your Doctor if you feel like it’s more than just winter blues.
    And as always, if your baby’s sleep has completely derailed, set up a free call with me to discover which sleep package would be the best fit for your family. I am here to get your sleep back on track. Whether you need just one phone call or four weeks of one-on-one support, there is something for everyone.
    If you’re ready to start working together, let’s set up a time to chat!
    Some things to think about when deciding when you want to start sleep training your baby/toddler:
    • Ensure it’s the proper timing- make sure your baby isn’t sick, you aren’t traveling, or you don’t have any big life changes coming (new baby, moving, switching jobs/childcare, etc.).
    • Be prepared to put in the work. Consistency will pay off in the long run. Sleep training isn’t overnight success; it takes many nights and dedication to help your baby learn to sleep.
    • Create a plan, or invest in a sleep consultant. If you choose to work with me, I will assess your baby’s sleep habits and write a customized step by step sleep plan for your baby. No two plans are the same, just as no two babies are the same. My sleep plans are based on your child’s temperament, age, parental preference and so much more! My sleep packages also come with unlimited support for the duration of your purchase- you can ask me anything and share every triumph and victory!
      Create a plan, or invest in a sleep consultant. If you choose to work with me, I will assess your baby’s sleep habits and write a customized step by step sleep plan for your baby. No two plans are the same, just as no two babies are the same. My sleep plans are based on your child’s temperament, age, parental preference and so much more! My sleep packages also come with unlimited support for the duration of your purchase- you can ask me anything and share every triumph and victory!
      If your baby is over 4 months old, one-on-one sleep support would be a perfect fit. With my personal support, you would have a written sleep plan, supporting documents, email and sleep log support and 1-4 weeks of one-on-one help to perfect your child’s sleep.
      If you’re pregnant or if you have a newborn, check out my prenatal/newborn sleep guide. I offer 38 pages of step by step instructions on how to teach your baby healthy sleep habits from the start, so you don’t have to get to a point of needing sleep training. This guide is not sleep training. It involves lots of snuggling and cuddling your baby, while practicing healthy independent sleep habits when the baby accepts it. This guide is broken down by month to make it easy to navigate and follow.
      Don’t wait for your child’s sleep to “fix itself,” because most of the time, it doesn’t.
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      Sweet dreams,
      Missy Yandow
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