My name is Debbie Fazio and I am a Baby Parenting Coach. I’m a Certified Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, Happiest Baby instructor and the ONLY Board Certified Sleep Consultant in Canada. My combined experience, trainings and certifications have enabled me to support families in many baby related issues. Being a mother of 3 children, including a set of twins, has enabled me to be compassionate, non-judgmental and knowledgeable in my role in helping parents. I have supported many families in Canada and across the nation with issues from newborn care, feeding, sleep nurturing and sleep training for families with one baby as well as families with multiples. I am committed to empowering parents with the tools to help them transition into parenthood with confidence and love so they can enjoy the precious moments with their baby.
Congratulations and welcome to motherhood! As a new mother, this time can be so exciting, joyous and rewarding but also confusing and tiring. I’m here to assure you that it is normal to feel a bit of both! Having a new baby in your life is one of the most incredible gifts a woman can experience. Being able to meet the little person who has been growing in your tummy for 9 months is a remarkable feeling and being able to bond, grow and learn together is all part of being a mom. You may experience some challenges along the way but rest assured that when your baby smiles at you and makes those endearing little noises as he gazes into your eyes, it will all be worth it. Nothing you experience in life from this moment on will ever compare to being a mother!
Over thirteen years ago, I was blessed with a beautiful little girl. She was the most precious gift and I was so excited to be a new mom. I quickly realized that although I had tried to prepare myself for the postpartum period, I still struggled those first few months. I breastfed on demand, she co-slept with my husband and I and it seemed that every day we were just getting by. I tried to reach out for help, but at that time, there really was nowhere to reach out to. Eventually we started to encourage better sleep habits and self-soothing skills and thankfully so, because when my daughter turned 10 months old, we were given the news that we were pregnant again, but this time… with twins!
That first year with twins and a toddler seemed to be a whirl wind. Doing whatever I could do to maintain routine, schedules and some order in our family. I most definitely suffered from “super mom syndrome” and felt like I had to do everything perfectly in order to be a good mom. After the dust from that first year settled, I looked back on that time and realized I became a robot. Making sure everyone was fed and taken care, ensuring that the house was spotless and that nothing had fallen by the waist side. But what I did miss… was enjoying my children at the most fragile and important age of their life. I vowed that from that moment on I would enjoy every moment with them and help other families not miss out on any moments either! Hence, Precious Moments Babeez was born. As a certified Doula, Newborn Care Specialist and Advanced Sleep Consultant, I now work as a Parenting Coach offering advice and tips to help that first year for new parents, be a time they savored and not survived! My amazing team of trained Professionals offer labour support and in home care for families in the first few months as well as create a solid start and foundation for parents with not only one baby but also with twins and triplets.
I’m thankful to be able to share my personal and professional experience with you on this amazing journey through motherhood. I will be blogging regularly on various topics about raising a baby and toddler in the first few years. I hope that these blogs will give you some insight and help you overcome some of the challenging moments that may arise as a new parent!
I’d like to leave you with a few tips for now and hope you will join me again on your parenting adventure!
First, try to create a proper sleep environment for your new baby. Humans are meant to sleep in the dark. This is why we release a relaxing hormone called Melatonin when it is dark that helps us become drowsy. Be sure that you are using black out blinds in your babies sleep area.
Secondly, recreate the womb where your baby spent the last 9 months. Help him gently transition into this big exciting world by keep your baby swaddled tightly when sleeping and use a white noise sound machine to mimic the sounds he heard in your belly.
Lastly, get lots of rest! Try to sleep when baby sleeps and try to enjoy the moments with your new family. The house work and errands will still be there but these precious moments don’t last forever. And if you need help be sure to reach out to family and friends or look into having a professional help you in your home.
Enjoy these moments, they will be the ones you remember forever. I’d love to hear from you, please share your memories in the comments below and sign up for our newsletter