Sleep. Oh, how I love thee. Sleep is essential. Right? If you are struggling with a baby or toddler that doesn’t sleep, may I encourage you for a moment? It will get better. You are not a bad or sub-par momma. You are more than capable of helping your children achieve optimum sleep patterns. You can do this. I promise.
Sleep – the most beautiful experience in life. -W. C. Fields
Well put Fields. Well put.
So I am that mom whose kids sleep ridiculously well. I am talking 12-14hr nights and 3 hr naps! Don’t hate me! It wasn’t always like that. I worked really hard on what I consider to be an important skill for my girls to have. I did it without ever letting them “cry it out” and I wanted to write this article to share with you what exactly I do.
The key is consistency. Decide what you are going to do and roll with it! It may take a week. It may take 2 weeks, but your child will find security in the fact that you are staying consistent and in the end acquire this super important skill!
So what do I do? Well, I am certainly happy to share! (this applies from age 4 months and up)
Easy Peasy Sleep Solution
by Whitney J
1. Lot’s of activities during the day
- Play time
2. Read their sleepy cues and put them to bed before it passes and over-tiredness takes over
What are the “Sleepy Cues”?
- Quieting down
- Lull in busyness
- Rooting or wanting to nurse
- Asking for a bottle, pacifier or lovey
- Rubbing eyes
3. Bath Time
4. Baby Massage
- Helps to relax and prepare for a restful night of sleep
5. Get their bellies full
- Full nurse
- Snack before bed (older toddler)
6. Brown noise
I always play brown noise as it is very “womby” sounding and therefore comforting. Insomnia researcher Gregg Jacobs says that white (or brown) noise devices work two ways: by blocking distracting noises, and by producing soothing sounds that are relaxing and help to induce sleep.
7. Put them down for a delicious night of sleep
Remember to stay consistent and keep the routine!
How to help your baby learn to fall asleep on their own:
When I feel my baby is at an appropriate age (4 months with my first, 6 months with my second) I begin to help them to learn how to fall asleep on their own, which is a wonderful skill for your child to achieve. I start by laying them down (after having followed the above steps) and rubbing their belly until they fall asleep. After having done that a few nights, I lay them down rub their belly for a few minutes, tell them goodnight, kiss their forehead and leave the room. If they start to whimper, I go back in (before it escalates), rub their belly a little more, tell them goodnight, kiss their forehead, and leave the room. It sounds so simple, but it works. I hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions feel free to comment below. Happy sleeping!
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