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Getting Some ZZZ's After Your Baby's Birth

Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

by Penny Simkin, PT; et a

Helpful Information: Getting Some ZZZ’s After Your Baby’s Birth

Recipe for Sleep in the First Weeks after the Birth

Many first-time parents use the following approach to get an adequate amount of sleep until their babies begin to sleep for longer stretches.

  1. Ask yourself how much sleep you needed before pregnancy to function well. Six hours? Eight hours? That’s the amount of sleep you now require every day.
  2. Because feedings and baby care prevent you from getting this amount of sleep in one stretch, you’ll need more time in bed to meet your sleep requirement. Stay in bed until you’ve slept enough (meals and trips to the bathroom are obvious exceptions). Each time you wake up, keep a mental note of how long you slept.
  3. Don’t brush your teeth, shower, or dress until you’ve met your sleep requirement. If you require eight hours of sleep, it may take from 10 PM until noon (or later) the next day to get out of your pajamas!

Notes: You may find that having your baby sleep with you (or in the same room) makes it easier to get enough sleep, because you can care for your baby quickly. Also, if you have other children, this approach may require the help of another adult who can care for them while you sleep.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, Fourth Edition

© copyright Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Fun Ideas for Exercise Activities

Cool Jump-Rope Tricks You Can Do!Looking for a fun summertime activity that gets kids moving? Let The Rope Warrior teach them  jump-rope skills from his book!

Kids can get fit while learning the coolest tricks they can show friends and family!

"Peewee Soccer"

Peewee Soccer by Robert Pottle

© copyright Robert Pottle with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

"Why do I care?"

Italian Without Words

© Dan Cangelosi and Joseph Delli Carpini from Italian Without Words with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Summer Reading Suggestions

Looking for summer reading suggestions?  Librarian Dee Anderson recommends the Girls to the Rescue series by Bruce Lansky for their multicultural short stories!

Young Readers Will Enjoy these Heroic Tales (Dispatch Argus)

Girls Save the DayGirls to the Rescue features girls from around the world who save the day through brains and bravery. This groundbreaking series for girls ages 7-13 has been endorsed by parents, teachers, and psychologists as an entertaining learning tool that provides positive role models.

• Jamila, an African girl who saves her village from a hungry lion
• Adrianna, a Mexican girl who rescues her family’s farm from ruin
• Kirsten, a Swedish girl who rescues her cousin from under a frightened horse
• Kamala, a Punjabi girl who outsmarts a pack of thieves
• Sarah, a Polish girl who teaches a greedy baker a lesson
• Rosie, a Hispanic girl living in Tampa Bay who uses her skateboarding skills to save her little brother from attacking pit bulls
• Kristen, a 19th-century Canadian girl who saves a lumberjack from drowning
• Gianna, an Italian girl who braves the dangers of the German patrols during WWII to bring a doctor to her sick baby sister
• Sally, a mid-nineteenth-century African American girl who bravely escapes from slavery with her brother

The stories in these books rise above the rest and speak to today’s girls. With international and multicultural appeal, it’s a great alternative to American Girl.

Check out a free sample chapter on your Kindle here.

Girls Save the Day features the 25 best stories from the Girls to the Rescue series about girls around the world who save the day through brain and bravery. This groundbreaking series for girls ages 7-13 has been endorsed by parents, teachers, and psychologists as an entertaining learning tool that provides positive role models. The selected stories in this edition rise above the rest and speak to today’s girls. With international and multicultural appeal, it’s a great alternative to American Girl. - See more at: http://www.meadowbrookpress.com/gtrgirls-save-the-day#sthash.TiKQ94SL.dpuf
Girls Save the Day features the 25 best stories from the Girls to the Rescue series about girls around the world who save the day through brain and bravery. This groundbreaking series for girls ages 7-13 has been endorsed by parents, teachers, and psychologists as an entertaining learning tool that provides positive role models. The selected stories in this edition rise above the rest and speak to today’s girls. With international and multicultural appeal, it’s a great alternative to American Girl. - See more at: http://www.meadowbrookpress.com/gtrgirls-save-the-day#sthash.TiKQ94SL.dpuf
"Sewing Practice"

Sewing Practice from Preschooler's Busy Book

© copyright Trish Kuffner from The Preschooler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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