By now, certain momstown editors' desperate longing for sleep is well documented. Babies like to move to their own beat, though, and it turns out getting them to switch up that rhythm takes a lot of effort.
All this month, momstown chapters around the country have been hosting sleep-centred events in collaboration with Walmart's Every Little Step program. momstown members get to learn about sleep habits, sleep hygiene, sleep training and . . . well, you get it: Sleep, glorious sleep.
Here for your tired perusal, a roundup of a country's worth of expertise.
Dream A Little Dream: From momstown Calgary, a playlist of surefire classic lullabies.
Beware of Baby: momstown Edmonton comes up with a delightfully cute way to warn off doorbell ringers, loud talkers and door slammers.
From The Night With No End: In Red Deer, Alta, momstown writer Chani Palindat shares an ode to her fellow sleep-deprived mums, a note to her snoring spouse and six tips — plus a great deal of hope — to reach a deal when your sleeper goes on strike.
A Gentle Glow: Moms at Belleville's sleep-themed Baby Basics program also made a glow-in-the-dark sensory bottle; now you can, too!
The Goods: From a sleep consultant's tips to what worked for other families, momstown Brampton lays out everything you need to know to get that baby to sleep.
Catch Some Zs: momstown Kitchener-Waterloo also had a sleep consultant come by for their Baby Basics event. Here's a handy list of seven things you can do to optimize baby's sleep schedule.
Tip No. 6 is Gold: From momstown London, a first-person account of those harrowing early days with a baby who wouldn't sleep, and some really useful tips on getting past that time.
Choose Your Own Adventure: Moms in Milton got the lowdown on different sleep-training techniques, including "if you're fine with things, don't feel you have to change." Also from Milton, a quick list of things you can try to get your baby to sleep.
Keep Those Peepers Closed: In Mississauga, a sleep consultant distills it all into four handy points.
A Survival Guide: momstown Oakville is always pragmatic. A snack, a drink, a nice dim light — everything you need to make the best of things amid the sleep deprivation.
Night and Day, Night and Day: Know how they say to sleep when your baby sleeps? Um, no, that's my rare moment of ME TIME. From momstown Vaughan, some ideas on how to spend those precious daylight moments, also known as nap time.