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5 Tips for Managing Parenthood Overload During Stressful Times

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When daycares and schools close, the mental load of parenthood increases. If you’re feeling overwhelmed right now, like millions of other parents out there, this one’s for you. Here are 5 tips for managing parenthood during this stressful time.

Stay home, and stay connected 

Social distancing and “shelter in place” mandates may require us to stay in our homes, but that doesn’t mean we have to completely isolate. It’s important to stay in communication with family, friends and neighbors, as well as find ways to keep calm. Use the phone, text, video chat and email – all means possible – to stay connected to people who matter to you. Especially those who can help provide a sense of calm.

Ask for help

Now is the time to turn toward each other. We are here to help each other out, so avoid being a do-it-yourselfer when you’re not qualified. Reach out to a clear-thinking person to ask what she thinks or what he would do about stockpiling food, taking that road trip, talking to little Suzi about what’s going on with grandpa in the hospital. You may choose not to follow their advice, but it’s always helpful to have another perspective.

Don’t procrastinate about preparing

Anxiety can mount if we postpone or ignore expert counsel. Inaction will make fear grow. If you haven’t done your best to get a couple of extra weeks’ supply of food or medication, do it today. If you feel frozen, ask a buddy to push you to act and help you make wise decisions about how much you need of what.  

Remember to self-care

Now, more than ever, self-care is essential. Slow down, engage in healthy practices and try to continue regular routines that bring comfort and stability. Conversation, exercise and spiritual practices are good starting points. And don’t forget about the healing impacts of making art, singing, journaling and being useful to others. Make a point to find a little peace of mind, even if you start with just one thing.

Place your baby (safely) to sleep, so you can recharge

While your little one sleeps, you will have a little time to refuel your mothering self. Take a hot shower, watch the latest episode of her favorite TV show, or even take an online yoga class. 

Colgate Mattress offers the following advice for baby’s safe sleep:

  • Your baby should sleep on a firm mattress covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Use a wearable blanket or other type sleeper, instead of  blankets, to keep your baby warm and safe during sleep.
  • Crib bumpers, wedges and positioners should never be used in your baby’s sleep area.
  • Do not place any other items in the crib.
  • Always place your baby on his or her back for sleep.

A note from your friends at Colgate Mattress. Do not let fear stop you from acting with clarity, compassion and courage. Unfortunate things happen, but it is still possible to move forward with love and hope.

Enter the “Flip My Crib” Contest

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Every year 3,700 infants die due to sleep-related deaths

That’s more than 10 babies a day. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. Of those, about 90 percent of SIDS cases occur before baby hits the 6-month mark.

SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs. A great majority of these deaths could be prevented by following the Safe Sleep Guidelines developed by The American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

What does a safe crib environment look like?

Did you receive the most beautiful handmade blanket or precious stuffed animal from a friend or family member? We know you may feel the desire to let your baby sleep with their cute gift, but it is simply not safe.

Keep it clean and simple when setting up your crib. Here are a few tips to creating the safest sleep environment for your baby:

  1. The crib should not have bumper pads.
  2. Provide a firm mattress with a fitted sheet.
  3. Remove from the crib any stuffed animals, blankets or anything with soft surfaces that could possibly block baby’s airway during sleep.
  4. Lay your baby on his/her back.
  5. If the crib is near a window, remove pull cords or use cord shorteners on window dressings.

By following these simple guidelines, you can help reduce your infants’ risk of SIDS.

 

How can I help spread awareness?

During April and May, we are teaming up with First Candle to kick off the “Flip My Crib” campaign to help raise SIDS awareness and increase education for Safe Sleep Guidelines.

We need moms, dads and influencers to help model a safe sleep environment to generate visibility for unaware parents, grandparents and other caregivers and help them understand the vital importance of safe sleep practices.

 

“Flip My Crib” Contest

You can help us educate families on what a safe sleep environment looks like while entering into the chance to win a prize bundle valued at over $250, including a bag from Petunia Pickle Bottom, a $60 gift card for Blue Apron, a sleep sack and other educational toys for baby! Plus, for every photo submitted a donation will be made by Colgate Mattress to First Candle.

 

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Snap a photo of your safe-for-baby nursery or crib.
  2. Follow both @ColgateMattress AND @FirstCandle
  3. Comment using @colgatemattress and @firstcandle AND hashtag #FlipMyCrib in your post

The contest winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th! We hope you will help us educate families so that we can reduce the number of sleep-related deaths in the US.

For more information and resources, please visit https://firstcandle.org/.