We all know that the first few months of parenthood include a lot of sleepless nights. Babies need to eat around the clock and having any kind of set schedule is practically impossible, besides knowing to feed, soothe, and change them. I was amazed by how well my sweet, tiny daughter would sleep during the morning, often lying curled up on my or my husband’s chest — but how she refused to sleep at all from 2 to 6 a.m. (when we needed to rest the most!). Going through our mental checklist of what could be wrong and how to comfort her was not easy in those dark hours when we could hardly think straight. We kept having to remind ourselves that 99 percent of the time her cries meant one of only four possible things: feed me, burp me, change me, or hold me. Once in a while there were other small issues, and I am infinitely grateful to friends and family who introduced me to a few key products I could not have survived without. Of course everyone has their own opinions and personal preferences but I hope by sharing what worked for me, you may benefit — and sleep a little better too!
Gail Simmons is Momtastic's September Guest Editor. Gail is a trained culinary expert and judge on BRAVO's Emmy-winning series “Top Chef,” as well as head critic on “Top Chef Masters.” She’s also a judge on season three of CBC’s “Recipes to Riches,” a competition-style reality series featuring amateur Canadian cooks, as well as co-host of “The Feed,” an inventive series that’s part road show, part buddy comedy and part talk show on FYI, A+E’s new lifestyle network. Additionally, Gail is the author of Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater (Hyperion, February 2012), and she’s contributed to such cookbooks as It Must’ve Been Something I Ate by Jeffrey Steingarten, Chef Daniel Boulud: Cooking in New York City, and The New American Chef by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Gail moved to New York City in 1999 to attend the Institute of Culinary Education; she later trained in the kitchens of the famed Le Cirque 2000 and Vong restaurants. The new mom lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, with her husband Jeremy and eight-month-old daughter Dahlia Rae.