Turned off by the thought of sleep training? You are not alone.
When most parents hear the term “sleep training” they picture a baby alone in their crib wailing until their parents are nearly in tears, can’t take it anymore and come rescue them. Does this seem unpleasant, emotionally wrenching and developmentally counter-intuitive to you? If you are saying yes. I completely agree with you.
Leaving a baby to cry it out alone puts unnecessary psychological and physical stress on both the parents and child.
Crying unattended for an extended period of time increases the secretion of stress hormones (cortisol), which can lead, to an over activated adrenaline response and may damage early neurodevelopment.
Furthermore, it can harm a child’s secure attachment. Babies cry to elicit a response. When left to cry alone unattended, babies eventually give up hope that help will come.
But that doesn’t mean you and your baby don’t have to suffer through sleepless nights.
The is a better way to get your baby sleeping through the night with less tears and less guilt.
Sleeping, through the night is a learned skill.
The fact is, prioritizing sleep benefits the whole family. Not only is sleep important for your sanity and the ability to function in every aspect of your life but it’s absolutely vital to your child’s growth and development.
Many amazing things happen while your baby is sleeping including growth hormone secretion, immune system building and brain maturation, Additionally, sleep helps your child be more coordinated and adaptable as well as less a irritable and impulsive.
Why do we assume they will learn on their own? Did we learn to ride a bike or swim on our own?
The truth is sleep, like other learned skills, can be fostered and taught with nurture, love and respect. Babies need our help to learn healthy sleep habits and I’m here to help you teach them.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching a baby to sleep.
Every family and child is unique.
- every family is unique with their own goals, values and comfort zones.
- every child is unique with their own temperament and needs.
- in using gentle, developmentally appropriate methods based on your child’s age.
- in promoting infant/child mental health and secure attachment.
Using techniques that are gentle, positive and developmentally appropriate, it is possible to get your baby sleeping through the night.
This gentle, individualized, one-on-one approach not only promotes attachment but helps babies feel secure and supported.
- rule out underlying medical issues that may cause sleep issues.
- develop realistic, developmentally appropriate sleep expectations.
- create a supportive, individualized plan of action that gets results.
Restful nights can be your new reality.
Teaching your little one to sleep is completely customizable and while respecting your parenting philosophy and values.