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This One’s For You, Zombie Moms

Bee just turned seven months old and is hitting a bit of a sleep regression. (I am putting that ever-so-mildly.) By the way, there is nothing more annoying to me than the term “sleep regression.” It’s like those maxi pad companies that sugar-coat your period by leaving you well wishes on the adhesive wings, like “Have a great day!” and “You go, girl!” In fact, I’m quite sure feminine hygiene corporations will soon be releasing a line of “Sleep regression!” tampons to be coupled with other ridiculous mom phrases, like “Fine motor skills!” and “Baby weaning!” Moms – let’s just throw our hands in the air and call this what it is: The Reality That My Baby Is Not Sleeping At All Or Ever Again Until Forever, Amen.

Clearly, I’m tired. I’m also in search of a solution, and I’m inviting you along for the ride. Below are eight amazing resources for fellow zombie moms going through The Phase Formerly Known As Sleep Regression. Enjoy, and I’m sending along a billion virtual hugs (sans the positively-charged panty liners). We’ll make it through, yes?:

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  • Book: The Sleepeasy Solution 1 of 8
    Book: The Sleepeasy Solution
    For an easy-to-adjust system that suits a variety of lifestyles, The Sleepeasy Solution is great for establishing bedtime rituals and desired sleep results. I've got this one on hold at the library!
  • Webinar: Isis Parenting 2 of 8
    Webinar: Isis Parenting
    Nearly every mom I've spoken with about sleep issues has recommended Isis Parenting's free webinars. Information-packed and positive, they've been a Godsend in navigating the various solutions to popular sleep issues.
  • Post: Sample Sleep Schedules 3 of 8
    Post: Sample Sleep Schedules
    This site offers sample sleep schedules from real moms, which has been endlessly helpful in finding the right routine that fits my own lifestyle. Bookmarked!
  • Program: The Sleep Lady 4 of 8
    Program: The Sleep Lady
    For more complicated sleeping issues, The Sleep Lady has a highly-recommended online program to help sleepy moms soothe their sleepy babies, including a companion workbook and audio MP3s.
  • Post: Adventures in Sleep Training 5 of 8
    Post: Adventures in Sleep Training
    This mom has some helpful, bite-sized tips for sleep training, including her own experiences with her son. Sometimes we just want to hear from a real mom, you know?
  • Article: Sleep Training – The Basics 6 of 8
    Article: Sleep Training - The Basics
    Sometimes you just want the basics. This article includes the who, what, where and how's of sleep training, offering age-specific tips for a better nighttime experience.
  • Book: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child 7 of 8
    Book: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
    I haven't yet read this book, but have heard it's an excellent resource for sleep-training (and then re-sleep-training, and re-sleep-training yet again). Ordered!
  • Post: Things I Didn’t Know About Baby Sleep 8 of 8
    Post: Things I Didn't Know About Baby Sleep
    This post entitled "Things I Didn't Know About Baby Sleep" is an eye-opener. Did you know babies sleep better in cooler temperatures (less than 72 degrees)? I've always thought the opposite!

Happy sleep-training, mamas! Good luck; I’d love to hear how you fare! (Jury’s still out on us, I’m afraid!)

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