Calming. Soothing. Simple. Knowledgeable.
Sugar Night Night uses a bundle of resources to provide peaceful nights of Sweet Sleep.
We’ve worked with valuable experts, vetted through our experience over the years:
Online educational course around perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and how to prevent them. Find a self-paced program with readings, guided journaling, a private community, and videos. Psychotherapist and perinatal mental health expert Abby (Abigail Burd, LCSW, BCD, PMH-C, LCS 26867). provides evidenced based skills and strategies you will normally find only in therapy to prevent postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. You can take this course from your own home when pregnant, or any time after becoming a parent. Don’t just survive the fourth trimester and transition to parenthood, but thrive! Visit: www.PreventPPD.com
Two thirds of couples report their relationship satisfaction tanks after the birth of a child. Naturally, we shift our focus to caring for a newborn. But maintaining a strong and supportive relationship with our partner is one of the most important foundations we can provide our children. So how do we take care of our romantic relationship as we make the transition to becoming parents and a family? Make a commitment to your relationship by enrolling in the online course “Relationships After Baby.” You can take it alone or with your partner, before baby comes, or at any point after becoming parents. In this inclusive, online course, you’ll find seven videos, 20+ lectures combining readings, a private discussion forum, and questions for guided journaling and/or discussion with your partner. As a bonus, there are over 12 free handouts and worksheets to download on getting sleep for the whole family, sex postpartum, anger and how to structure communication! Visit: www.RelationshipsAfterBaby.com
Jen Varela can’t say enough about Jeanne-Marie Paynel, owner of Voila Montessori. She is a passionate visionary who inspires parents to think about how their home is the most important place to provide emotional and intellectual growth for their child. What could be better than being taught how to create a peaceful and supportive environment for your child to thrive during the first years of life? As parents, we all want to make the most of these intense exploration years, creating life-long, independent and confident learners. Now you have access to Jeanne-Marie’s “wealth of knowledge” through Autogenic Respiratory Training (A.R.T.), positive discipline and Montessori for all. Tell Jeanne-Marie Sugar Night Night sent you.
Contact: Jeanne-Marie Paynel
Who can help you prepare?
Not just an amazing boutique to find the latest, cutest and best baby products, it is where moms go to get answers. Rochelle McLean, owner of Babies in Bloom, has a vision to help each family meet their goals during pregnancy, birth and beyond – lending support and encouragement along the way. Not only is Rochelle’s wisdom and knowledge a lifeline for moms, but also the best experts in their field in San Diego teach her classes. Babies In Bloom is the destination for education and support for growing families.
So many baby classes, so little time!
Here’s our list of the best:
The thought of being able to communicate with your “pre-verbal” baby is amazing! Baby Garten Studio is a wonderful environment for sign language classes. Plus, it is a place for families to get access to local resources and support. Monta Briant, a very talented sign language teacher and author, runs it. Monta has made many connections with wonderful educators and service providers who offer classes on the needs that arise. Baby Garten’s array of valuable classes includes preparing for your baby’s arrival, practical needs for newborns and toddlers as well as parenting classes – to mention a few.
Jen Varela has learned so much from Wendi McKenna, owner of Move Play Grow. For instance, we are so quick to put our babies in “containers” that we run the risk of missing some very important daily activities that can both facilitate and hinder your baby’s innate desire to move forward. Wendi developed Move Play Grow out of her passion for wellness and prevention so you don’t have to look at physical therapy later. Did you know tummy time doesn’t have to be time you dread because your baby is crying? There are ways to make it treasured time. Plus, her classes are invaluable! See for yourself at Move Play Grow. Tell Wendi Sugar Night Night sent you.
Contact: Wendi McKenna, DPT, PCS, C/NDT
Want to add to your wealth of knowledge?
We recommend these resources for parents:
Independent Podcast Network (IPN) has dynamic audio podcasts for new and expecting parents. As IPN’s Baby Sleep Expert, I have recorded several podcasts regarding infant and toddlers’ sleep. The podcasts under Parent Savers, Preggie Pals, The Boob Group, Newbies, and Twin Talks, give tips and advice for new parents, educating and entertaining moms and dads as they transition into parenthood. Each 30-minute episode features everyday parents and experts discussing relevant issues in a relaxed, roundtable format.
Postpartum depression/anxiety is the most common complication after childbirth. Postpartum Health Alliance provides a safe place for you to reach out regarding anxiety and depression after childbirth. Jen Varela has worked with many counselors in this organization, and is impressed with their knowledge and heartfelt care for mothers who are struggling. You are not alone in your struggle!
PSI Helpline: 800-944-4773
PSI Text Helpline: English 503-894-9453 and Espanol 971-420-0294
It is the vision of PSI that every woman and family worldwide will have access to information, social support, and informed professional care to deal with mental health issues related to childbearing. PSI promotes this vision through advocacy and collaboration, and by educating and training the professional community and the public.