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  • 04/03/2022 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce a very special upcoming event in April: All About Naps with Sarah Healy. To get us all prepared for the event, Sarah is addressing three of the most common issues parents face with sleeping through guest blog posts February through April.

    Over the years, I have hosted numerous classes and private consultations and I often get questions about the sudden change in baby's behavior. The questions come in many forms, such as:

    • "What exactly are these 'Wonder Weeks' that everyone talks about?"
    • "What exactly IS this dreaded 4 month regression?"
    • “My baby was sleeping really well at night—going 5-6 hours stretches—and then all of a sudden she started waking up frequently and I can’t figure out what is going on.”

    Sometimes an increase in wakefulness at night can be due to sickness or teething, but often this change in sleep pattern is due to a developmental leap—or what Dr. Hetty van de Rijt and Dr. Frans X. Plooij have called the Wonder Weeks.  Authors van de Rijt and Plooij have studied babies for over 35 years and they have discovered that babies go through eight developmental milestones in the first year of life (10 in the first 20 months!) right around the same week of life.

    In this time, there is an increase in brain activity—think of it as your baby’s brain firing and wiring new neural pathways—which can cause a change in behavior.

    What does it look like?

    • Increased wakefulness at night (sometimes happy and wakeful, sometimes fussy)
    • Clingy and cranky
    • Crying more than normal
    • Increased need to be fed (due to a wish for comfort)
    • Trouble napping or going to sleep
    • Change in ease of routine

    When do these occur?

    Unless your baby was born premature, most babies go through these developmental leaps at the following times:

    • 5-6 weeks

    • 8-9 weeks

    • 12 weeks

    • 19-20 weeks

    • 25-26 weeks (6 months)

    • 33-37 weeks

    • 43-47 weeks

    • 55 weeks (just after first birthday)

    Why is this important to you as a parent?

        At the early developmental leaps, your baby is noticing patterns, images, sensations and forming crucial relationships. As they get older (19 weeks and older) their developmental leaps coincide with a movement milestone such as rolling, crawling, pulling to standing and walking. As they integrate patterns and relationships, or as they learn a new movement there is a marked increase in brain activity which can present to parents as clingy, fussy and unpredictable.

        While this can be frustrating and lead to less sleep for everyone, I assure you, your baby is doing exactly what she or he needs to be doing and it is a really good sign of important development.

        During these periods, researchers and experts alike suggest various activities that can help with this stage in your child’s learning. The book Wonder Weeks or the app can offer some of these suggestions.

        • During the periods when a developmental leap is occurring, it is generally not a great time to start sleep changes as your little one will need extra support and connection and will likely resist sleep changes.

        • Do your best to offer more comfort, be patient and take deep breaths.

        • Maintain as much consistency with bedtime as possible and comfort at night when your baby wakes.

        During this time your baby will be taking on so many new motor skills, increasing their perception, and integrating important information about the world around them…and it is a lot of work!

        These periods during the Wonder Weeks can be frustrating and unpredictable therefore as parents it is crucial that we prioritize self care and practice patience so we can support our babies as they learn and navigate through their first year of life.  If you’re struggling, please consider signing up for my All About Naps class on April 16th, from 10-11am at McNear Park through the Petaluma Mothers Club.

        About Sarah:

        Sarah Healy, MA is a mother of two, Certified Infant Sleep Consultant, and parent coach specializing in the transitions that occur in the first year after the birth of a child. She holds a masters in psychology and has devoted 20 years of her career to infant and child development, and family support. Sarah uses an evidence based approach to her sleep classes and draws from a multidimensional approach in understanding the various situations that occur with sleep and families.

        For more information about Sarah or additional sleep tips, check out her website or follow her on social media. 

        Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/sarahhealysleep/

        Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SarahHealySleep 

      • 03/14/2022 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


        The Petaluma Mothers Club is an entirely volunteer-run organization. And we are actively recruiting members to join the 2022-23 Board Term! 

        So this month's Member Social will be both a way to connect with other families AND an opportunity to learn about how you can get involved.

        On Sunday, March 27 we're hosting 2 separate Member Socials – one in the morning on the East Side of Petaluma, and one in the afternoon on the West Side. And we are also hosting a similar event on Monday, April 11. 

        All three events will take place at a park, so feel free to bring your little ones.

        Each event will kick off with some ice breakers as a way to get to know the other mamas. Then 2 of our current board members will share a bit about what being on the PMC board is like.

        Some of the questions we'll address are:

        • What are the benefits to being on the board?
        • What is the time commitment?
        • What kinds of roles need to be filled?

        Being on the PMC Board is a wonderful way to form deeper relationships with other moms, provide valuable resources to the members in the organization, and cultivate a close-knit community for your own families in Petaluma.

        We hope you're inspired to learn more about being part of this amazing group!

        • To RSVP for the March 27 @ 11am event at Bond Park (East Side), click here.
        • To RSVP for the March 27 @ 4pm event at McNear Park (West Side), click here.
        • To RSVP for the April 11 @ 10am event at Wiseman Park (East Side)click here.

      • 03/06/2022 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

        We are excited to announce a very special upcoming event in April: All About Naps with Sarah Healy. To get us all prepared for the event, Sarah is addressing three of the most common issues parents face with sleeping through guest blog posts February through April. 

        I am getting a lot of calls and emails these days about early morning wakings. I know it is hard, but there is hope! 

        Here are a few pointers about how to best respond so you can get a bit more shut eye.

        First of all, get a sense of how much sleep your baby needs. After 3 months of age, babies need approximately 10-12 hours of sleep at night. So that means if your baby goes to sleep at 7pm, their wake up call will fall between 5-7am. If they are a 10 hour a night sleeper, they may be bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5am. 

        If you go in and they are happy to see you and appear rested, that 10 hours was all they needed. If they seem tired, snuggly, or otherwise sleepy, it may indicate that they need more sleep than 10 hours. If this is the case here are your options:

        1. Go in and offer a feed and lay baby back in their crib (asleep is fine). That might buy you an extra 30-60 min

        2. Pull baby into bed with you and do a side lie feed or snuggle. This way at least you stay horizontal and (relatively) resting. Many babies sleep a little bit more if cuddled up next to a warm body.  If you do this, just be sure that you put a limit on when you pull baby into bed (ie: no earlier than 5am) so that you don't begin to co-sleep earlier and earlier each day.

        3. If your baby is older than 5 months of age and you have used a Cry It Out Method to help them learn to resettle, you can give them up to 30 min of crying to see if they can resettle. It may take 7 days to see if this approach works. If your baby is tired, she/he will resettle and sleep more. If she/he is not tired, then no amount of crying it out will help baby to go back to sleep. 

        Lastly and importantly... it is essential that you as parents go to bed early as well. This period of time where you are going to bed early is finite and really important so give your body the rest it needs. If you’re struggling, please consider signing up for my All About Naps class on April 16th, from 10-11am at McNear Park through the Petaluma Mothers Club.

        About Sarah:

        Sarah Healy, MA is a mother of two, Certified Infant Sleep Consultant, and parent coach specializing in the transitions that occur in the first year after the birth of a child. She holds a masters in psychology and has devoted 20 years of her career to infant and child development, and family support. Sarah uses an evidence based approach to her sleep classes and draws from a multidimensional approach in understanding the various situations that occur with sleep and families.

        For more information about Sarah or additional sleep tips, check out her website or follow her on social media. 

        Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/sarahhealysleep/

        Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SarahHealySleep
      • 02/07/2022 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

        We are excited to announce a very special upcoming event in April: All About Naps with Sarah Healy. To get us all prepared for the event, Sarah is addressing three of the most common issues parents face with sleeping through guest blog posts February through April. 

        FOMO—The Fear Of Missing Out.

        It’s real.

        Some of us with really social and alert babies find that if given the chance, they will literally push through their sleepiness just to continue playing with you—their favorite people on earth. While flattering, this is not the outcome we want, it not only creates an overtired baby, it also limits the amount and quality of sleep they are actually getting in the day (To achieve restorative REM sleep, babies need to nap for at least 45 minutes. For babies over 3 months, 2.5-4 hours of day time sleep is ideal.)

        I was talking with a parent the other day who was telling me about how nap times are such a struggle. “She fusses, struggles and will not sleep when I bring her into her room for a nap!” mom explained. After exploring her situation more, we identified the root cause—moving baby too quickly from playtime to naptime was jarring her little system. This baby needed more time to wind down in order to successfully transition peacefully to her nap.

        The transition from playtime (in the living room) to sleep time for naps or bedtime can sometimes take babies by surprise. Babies who are social have a particularly hard time making this transition. It would be similar to someone plucking you out of a party just as things were getting fun! Parents—you ARE the party and being at home with you is FUN! So naturally your baby may protest when you suggest that it's time to nap. Helping babies with this transition can really support them in establishing habits to wind themselves down for a nap or for bedtime. The following are some suggestions for noting their sleepy cues and also helping them to transition into sleep with more ease. These can be used for both pre-bedtime as well as pre-nap time routines.

        Baby's Sleep Cues:

        Be sure to watch for signs that your baby is giving you that he/she is getting tired. If you time it right, you will put them down in the right window when their body is physiologically primed to fall asleep, making it much easier to go down. If you push them too far, they will often struggle to go down or pop up soon after falling asleep.

        Early signs of tiredness include:

        • Rubbing eyes or nose

        • red eye brows

        • stiffness or arching body fussing

        • whining

        • crying

        • seeking comfort

        • sucking or feeding

        • gaze avert

        Later signs of tiredness include:

        • lots of yawning

        • crying

        Awake Periods:

        Be sure to track how long your little one has been awake and be ready to put them down for a nap or bedtime when they have had enough awake time.

        Establishing an Effective Sleep Routine for Baby:

        Begin a consistent and regular sleep routine that involves low lights, quiet voices and simple play. Prior to bedtime, this can be a bath, a massage, or simply reading quietly in his or her room. Prior to the nap, you can skip the bath but do something else to wind them down like a book, a song, or quiet time in their room. Some babies habituate to a certain song or lullaby, or the sound of the white noise machine coming on. While you are doing this, please be sure to take some slow deep breaths yourself as your ability to calm and get present will send signals to your little one that will help him or her to calm their central nervous system.

        If you have a little one who is at the age where he or she understands your words well, you can also begin to talk to them about the things that are coming up for the sleep routine ie: "First we are going to take a bath, and then we are going to read some books and then it is night-night time."

        Be sure to re-establish the sleep routine in a way that has your child going into his/her crib drowsy but awake so that they learn to put themselves to sleep using their own self soothing mechanisms. Remember that bedtime is determined from when they wake from their last nap and this usually falls between 6:30-8:30pm.

        Be consistent. More than anything this will be important. If your baby fusses as you begin the walk down the hall for naptime, don’t see this as a chance to turn back around and keep playing. The fancy word for this is “anticipatory behavior” and it is simply your baby letting you know that she is sad that the party is ending and she has to nap. Stay consistent, keep the nap and tell them that the party will pick back up once the nap is over.

        There are few things more frustrating to parents than when your baby won't nap. Whether it's FOMO and she fights it and doesn’t sleep at all... or it’s just 5-10 minutes of sleep and then she pops back up, it's one of the most common reasons that parents reach out to me for help. If you’re struggling, please consider signing up for my All About Naps class on April 16th, from 10-11am at McNear Park through the Petaluma Mothers Club.

        Did you know that I also offer a complimentary 10-minute discovery call to discuss what’s going on with your baby and offer suggestions for a solution? I provide research-based, proven solutions tailored for YOUR unique situation. There is no one size fits all when it comes to baby’s sleep. I am here for you. Let's talk!

        About Sarah:

        Sarah Healy, MA is a mother of two, Certified Infant Sleep Consultant, and parent coach specializing in the transitions that occur in the first year after the birth of a child. She holds a masters in psychology and has devoted 20 years of her career to infant and child development, and family support. Sarah uses an evidence based approach to her sleep classes and draws from a multidimensional approach in understanding the various situations that occur with sleep and families.

        For more information about Sarah or additional sleep tips, check out her website or follow her on social media. 

        Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahhealysleep/

        Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SarahHealySleep

      • 11/30/2021 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


        Guest post by PMC member Amy McIntosh:

        An aquaerobics class on a chilly morning in the fall sounds like a tough sell. I nearly let the foggy morning air that hovered around 55 degrees stop me from joining 10 other PMC members in the Cavanagh Pool on November 13th. But I'm glad that I poured myself a thermos of coffee and hopped in the pool for the morning's Aqua Boogie class!  

        As members milled around the pool deck, Kristina the instructor encouraged us to enter the heated water, buckle on a floatation belt, and find a depth in the pool that felt comfortable. After the brief initial shivers, the water turned warm and pleasant. The company was, too! Everyone in the class was quickly smiling with the funny (and yet still very athletic) experience of doing jumping jacks, lunges, and sprints while bobbing up and down in the pool.

        There's another class coming up on Saturday, December 4th.  Are you considering signing up? Here's a quick pep talk from Aqua Boogie regular and evangelist Brianna Wolf: "The pool is heated. Bouncing around in warm water feels so yummy. Experiencing the morning fog clearing to blue skies while steams pours off the water is dazzling. Your fellow swimmings are excellent company. You will have a huge smile on your face afterwards." She's right!  Come on in... the water's fine at Aqua Boogie.

        Sign-up to Aqua Boogie with us: www.petalumamothersclub.org/event-4556652 

      • 11/09/2021 9:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


        Crisp leaves cover the ground, wind blows, a chill in the air- it finally feels like fall. It is the first time in about half a decade that it truly feels like fall in this part of Northern California in October. It was nice to not be socked in with smoke, still too hot for the season, and stuck inside. Yet even more exciting is the sound of the MonsterMash that floats on the breeze, Halloween decorations all around, and the sight of children enjoying this time of year. After several somewhat disappointing Halloweens, we finally had one that is definitely worth writing about! The PMC was so incredibly proud to be a part of two great Halloween events. 

        On Saturday, October 30, 2021 on a misty, gray afternoon, we took part in the Hallo-luma City of Petaluma drive through Halloween event. This event was started last year in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. The City still wanted to feel the Halloween spirit and many local businesses and organizations stepped up to help, including the Petaluma Mothers’ Club. This year when we were asked to take part again, we brought our A game! It was wonderful to see many PMC families, both current and “aged-out,” drive through and enjoy the fog, bubbles, and witch themed decor of our PMC booth, with cheering mama (and some baby) faces smiling out. We even gave information about the club to some young families, who would be fantastic additions to our club community. In addition to our booth, families got to check out cute pups representing Canine Companions, huge puppet dinosaurs coming to their car windows, classic cars parked along the fairgrounds, Clo the mascot for the local company Clover, Petaluma High Football players and cheerleaders, and much more. The car trip ended with a real, sweet baby cow at the exit and a treat bag give away. It was the perfect kick off to the Halloween weekend. It felt as though the chill and mist in the air couldn’t keep the joy down. 


        The show piece of the weekend for the club was our own event, the Halloween Costume Parade and Fall Fun Family Social, held on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at Leghorns Park. We had a fantastic turn out with over a hundred families and their adorable little ones dressed up and looking amazing.There were witches, insects, unicorns, superheroes, princesses, dragons, animals of all varieties… and the list of cuteness goes on and one.  Some highlights of the event, other than all the festive decorations all around, included a pumpkin decorating craft station, multiple monster themed sensory tables, a photo station, silly story time, and the parade itself, where families walked a balloon-clad concourse to get candy, toys, and treats handed out by our very own PMC “mama-teers”. Two local food vendors, Crepes du Jour and` Scone Rollin’, provided delicious food to fill our bellies as we partook in the revelry.  More than anything it was a great day to be together. Everyone seemed happy and filled with appreciation to be out and enjoying the season as it ought to be. While we are not completely out of the woods of this pandemic, it was nice to have a small taste of normalcy, surrounded by adorable little monsters with grins a mile wide! 

           

          

            

      • 09/05/2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


        It is still early in the fire season and our hearts go out to those who have already been impacted by the Dixie and Caldor fires. Unfortunately, fire season brings unpredictability and uncertainty, and now more than ever, being prepared for emergencies is important for the health and wellbeing of our families and community. We have complied three ways to learn more and ensure your family is prepared:

        1) Visit the City of Petaluma emergency preparedness website to find clear and actionable resources, including:

        • A checklist of everything you need to pack a Go-Bag
        • A map with evacuation zones 
        • A guide for how to make a plan with your family to stay safe during an emergency


        2) Attend the 9th Annual Petaluma Emergency Preparedness Fair + Blood Drive on Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Walnut Park. Get Free information and resources from our community partners: Petaluma Fire & Police, FEMA, DHS, Red Cross, US Coast Guard, Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, CHP, VFW, American Legion, Local Girl & Boy Scouts.


        3) Sign up for emergency alerts:

        • By the City of Petaluma via Nixle – Receive email or text messages from local fire and law enforcement agencies that include public safety messages as well as emergency information. Text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in or sign up online.
        • By the County of Sonoma via SoCo Alerts – Receive alerts through text messages, landline calls, or email. The system also works with telephone devices for the deaf. You can sign up online


        The following is a flyer from a PMC and City of Petaluma event last year on emergency preparedness with more go-bap packing tips!


      • 08/10/2021 1:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


        We had been monitoring for wildfire smoke but we lucked out with a clear warm day. The Kona Ices were perfectly refreshing and enjoyed by all. 

        Many families laid-out picnic blankets in front of the stage. Both kiddos and adults sang and danced along as Ali and Warren of Mini Music* put on an amazing show. Kitty litter pie?! You had to be there :) 

        And there was more! Auntie Stacey did amazing face-painting, accommodating designs to fit masked faces or arms.

        Balloon artist Noah the Balloon Ninja made an impressive assortment of balloon creations to dance with and take home. And two water tables filled with sensory beads were a surprise hit. 

        We will look forward to organizing another outdoor big family event after fire season has passed. Please enjoy some photos from the event in the meantime. 

        And finally, a big thank you to the PMC Board members who all helped make the event happen! 

        *The PMC is organizing a music class event with Ali and Warren of Mini Music in early 2022. If you cannot wait for more music fun, they are currently enrolling for their Fall class session, click here for details. 

           

      • 06/23/2021 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


        The PMC organized a field trip to Bale of Fun Farm across two days in early June and it was a lot of fun! 

        Kiddos (and let’s be honest, caregivers too!) got to interact with all sort of farm animals: 

        • We fed horses, a sweet cow and several goats fresh leaves. 
        • We pet bunnies, a lazy pig, and a spunky tortoise. 
        • We got to hold little chicks and a guinea pig. 
        • And we fed ducks, chickens and goats out of our our hands — which required a bit of bravery because those ducks were especially enthusiastic eaters! 

        It was a great to see our little ones having fun outside together after a long break from PMC in-person events. We are looking forward to more outdoor events this summer and will plan another round of farm visits too!

        Big thank you to Bale of Fun Farm for hosting us. Check them out for birthday parties and private events!

        Photos courtesy of Bale of Fun Farm.

      • 03/09/2021 5:07 PM | Deleted user
        One BIG struggle that I’ve been dealing with during this pandemic is coming up with new and exciting activities to do with my toddler, Addy. When I say “new and exciting”, I’m talking about for both of us. Sure, she could sit and paint, stamp, chalk all day… but is it wrong for me to want a change of pace?


        THANKFULLY,  an email from Sticky Fingers Cooking come across my inbox offering to host a program for PMC members - a cooking class for kiddos and their parents. Sign me up! 

        I registered for the class, picked up my ingredients (pre-purchased and pre-portioned), then logged into the Zoom meeting where we saw some familiar faces! Already we were off to a good start. 

        Chef Dylan, the class host, read us a book, had the kiddos check their ingredients, and then we got to cooking! Addy and all of the other kids were so excited to measure, pour, stir, and cook! I had so much fun watching her be independent, answering questions the chef had, and following instructions. It felt so good to be a part of something new and exciting with my daughter. 

        Did I mention the class was less than an hour and my kid was engaged the entire time?! 

        Sticky Fingers has reached out saying they’d love to partner with us for another program, and I know Addy and I can’t wait to cook together again! It was a fun bonding experience, PLUS she’s learning a life skill. Win-win! 

        There is another program coming up soon - check your emails for more information. Plus, Sticky Fingers has offered a 15% promo code for PMC members. That will be sent to your email, so be on the lookout.

        If you, too, have been struggling to find something different to do with your child, I highly recommend this course! 


        Jessica Marcy

        PMC President

        P.S: Here's what we made if you want to give it a shot on your own! 

        Jack's Favorite Snickerdoodle Pancakes + Warm Vanilla Sauce + Snickerdoodle Smoothies


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