The phrase “sleep training” can conjure up a lot of anxiety for parents. “Should I?”, “shouldn’t I?”. There’s a lot of noise out there both for and against sleep training and if you were confused before you started searching online, you’re sure to be even more confused after.
The beauty of raising your children is that they are YOUR children. You get to decide what you believe is best for your kids. Your parenting style doesn't even need to be set in stone. If you feel like you've got no clue what you're doing (I think we've all felt this at some point), don't worry, it can evolve overtime as you observe, learn from your mistakes and as your children get older and new challenges arise. At the end of the day it’s your decision how to raise your family.
So, let’s forget about everyone else’s opinion for a minute and just listen to what your gut is telling you. If sleep training does not align with your parenting philosophy, you don’t have to do it. You can still set up some really strong sleep foundations and create sleep habits which will help your child sleep well.
What is sleep training?
Sleep training is the process of teaching a baby how to fall asleep on their own without the assistance of a parent or care giver.
Sleep training solely focuses on the process of going to sleep. However, there are so many other factors which contribute to your baby’s ability to sleep well.
So, let’s have a look at how you can improve your little one’s sleep without sleep training.
1. Setting up their sleep environment so it’s safe and conducive to sleep.
2. Creating predictable daytime routines around feeding, play and nap times.
3. Having a consistent bedtime and bedtime routines.
4. Timing of feeds overnight and how you respond to other overnight wakes.
6. Understanding biology, why your baby wakes during naps and overnight, and having realistic sleep expectations.
With all this you will still be able to rock, bounce and cuddle your baby to sleep and respond to every cry.
So, if you’ve been worried about making changes because you thought the only option was to sleep train, let me show you how to achieve better sleep for the entire family.
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