FROM THE 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.