Little Treasures - - CON­TENTS - Hay­ley Bar­nett EDITOR

Some­thing I have dis­cov­ered about my­self over the past cou­ple of years is that I re­ally, re­ally love sleep. You don’t ap­pre­ci­ate a good, solid nap un­til you’ve spent a year or two chas­ing it. One of my new pet peeves since hav­ing my pop­pet is lis­ten­ing to par­ents talk about their well­rested ba­bies, as if their par­ent­ing skills have had some­thing to do with their wee one’s abil­ity to sleep through the night from four weeks. This pet peeve goes along­side com­pet­i­tive birthing and non-fussy tod­dlers – ‘Oh, your child loves veg­eta­bles? Mine has only eaten Weet­bix for the past five days’. In this is­sue, I had a chat to Emily Writes (page 38) – a self-de­scribed exhausted mum reach­ing out to exhausted mums – and re­alised we have quite a bit in com­mon. She also loves sleep, but doesn’t re­ally get any. And she, too, feels judged for it. It’s crazy that any­one, es­pe­cially mums, would mea­sure our suc­cess as par­ents by the amount of hours that our ba­bies sleep. I’m sure a lot of you know what I mean, and that’s why we’ve ded­i­cated a large chunk of this is­sue to sleep­ing. It in­cludes baby sleep facts (page 60), the best prod­ucts and cloth­ing to help baby doze off (page 65), how to deal with the ‘witch­ing hour’ (page 76), and tips on look­ing af­ter your­self when you’re re­ally lack­ing those zzz’s (page 92). If you feel like you’re run­ning on empty, I hope you get some­thing out of this is­sue, but re­mem­ber, we’re all try­ing to do our best. As Emily pointed out, our ba­bies don’t learn to walk in a day, so why would they learn to sleep in a night? These things take time. Good luck – it’s all you re­ally need.

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