I'm not sure about the rest of you new (or not so new) moms, but during those middle of the night feedings, I sure like having things to do to stay awake. I often find myself reading up on all things baby (mostly about feeding and sleeping). I considered starting an e-book or tv series on the iPad but feared that I would either fall asleep or stay awake longer than needed. I have quite the fear of falling asleep with the baby. I still freak out in the middle of the night and pull back all of the covers looking for her in our bed (she has never slept in our bed, nor is she even fed in our room at night... I still somehow think she magically sneaks in while we are asleep). Andrew kindly and logically explains every. single. time. that she's asleep in her crib in the nursery. Oh boy...
Anyways, in my early weeks with newborn Bonnie, I found the following resources to be life changing and sooooo helpful (after exhausting instagram, pinterest, facebook, and cnn of course). Maybe they will be for you too!
1. The most overwhelming and insanely helpful sleep chart you'll ever see. Click HERE. Babies do get over tired and will consequently not sleep well at night. This is very helpful! (shared with me by a dear friend. It's all over the internet, but I'm unsure who to cite).
2. A fantastic (and reputable) website for all things breastfeeding, breastmilk, formula feeding, pumping, etc. Certified Lactation consultants recommend this source.
3. Not sure how much milk baby needs? This milk calculator helps!
4. The Baby Whisperer, by Tracy Hogg. My whole Mommy world changed once I started consistently following the natural "schedule" of "Eat, Play, Sleep." My baby is so much happier and so am I! I became confident in reading her cues and feel like we actually communicate effectively!
Happy reading to you! And, if you have helpful resources, please share below!