I change parents’ lives every day by solving their child’s sleeping problems. They regain their sanity. They have control of their life again. Their marriages flourish once more. They begin to prosper in their jobs after suffering through sleep deprivation. They have the time (and energy) for exercise, watching a movie, being intimate with their partner, or catching up on sleep themselves. Not to mention, they have a healthy and happy baby on their hands, because they are getting the sleep they need to thrive. I hear these tales every day and I love helping parents in this way.
But, did you know you can actually avoid sleeping problems in your little one altogether?
Many people believe that your child has to be six months or even a year to start teaching healthy sleep skills. And while a newborn isn’t designed to sleep through the night, the truth is, your child is never too young (or too old!) to start teaching healthy sleep habits.
If I had known then what I know now, I would have worked to help my son learn to sleep in his bassinet sooner. I would have known that if he fussed for a few minutes after I laid him down or before I picked him up from a waking that he’d have more space to learn his own sleep strategies. I would’ve known about the differences in newborn sleep cycles and how I could help him get more and better sleep from the start. And I might just have avoided 6 months of sleep deprivation and all the sleeping problems altogether. Newborn families who put their trust in me from the start get this luxury, and they don’t even ever have to know what they missed out on because they put their baby’s sleep as a priority.
Being a new parent is hard though, especially the first time around. As much as you prepare, you realize you could have never been prepared. Then there are a thousand different opinions on what you feed them, when you feed them, the type of diaper you use, what they wear, and of course where and how they sleep.
So, I’m not here to tell you what to do. I’m simply here to let you in on a little secret that you can start instilling healthy sleep habits from the beginning through a gentle newborn-friendly approach.
Working with a sleep consultant is a fantastic way to get the expert advice on the uniqueness of newborn sleep and the support to help you navigate the many changes that come to newborn’s sleep those first 12 weeks.
I can walk you through this step by step so you actually are prepared when it comes to sleep instead of spending your nights wondering if you should rock your baby all night, co-sleep with them for easier nursing-to-sleep, or take them for that midnight car ride when they can’t get to sleep.
From the relationship between feeding and sleeping to newborn sleep cycles and an age appropriate sleep schedule. From recognizing the subtle tired signs of a newborn to how to help your little one self-soothe from an early age. You can have the tools and strategies to encourage your newborn down the road of a lifetime of love for sleep.
One happy mama I worked couldn’t believe the success she had:
Baby L slept 10 hours the last two nights! And he’s 10 weeks old! He fell asleep on his own in his bassinet and just chose to sleep right through his normal feeding time. I thought it might be a fluke, so I waited to tell you until another night had passed! He’s also taking naps on such a more predictable schedule than my first child did. So happy I put my baby’s sleep first this time! Being consistent with the strategies you taught me has already paid off. He’s so happy when he wakes up and so am I!
My own baby #2 will be here in a few weeks and, trust me, I’ll be doing things different this time around (and sharing my journey along the way if you want to follow along). Join the Tranquil Beginnings’ community today at www.tranquil-beginnings.com/free-sleep-tips and never guess again at how to help your little one sleep, and do it well!