Preparing Your Child (and you!) for Sleeping Through the Night
Exhausted and needing help?
On the fence about sleep training?
Wondering about long-term effects of your baby learning independent sleep?
Discover the truth behind common sleep-training myths, how compassionate sleep training works and why sleep is so essential to your child’s development.
Get answers to your most-asked questions:
How much sleep is enough for my baby?
Shouldn’t parents expect to sacrifice sleep?
Does sleep training mean Cry It Out?
What can I do now to help my baby sleep better?
Is sleep training safe?
Does it work?
Plus this BONUS section: Caring for Mom and Dad - why taking care of yourself will help you be a better parent, and how to make YOU time a priority!
Mommy brain is real.
The way our brains function on 6 hours of sleep per night instead of 8, even for just two weeks, is equivalent to having a blood alcohol level at the legal limit.
Now, break that 6 hours of sleep into two- or three-hour intervals and stretch it out over a few months (or years!), and you amplify the effect. Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block, calls it “drunk parenting”. (If you’ve ever driven laps around the neighbourhood to get your baby to sleep and had that sneaking feeling you’re not safe to drive, you know exactly what I mean.)
But here’s the good news: chronic sleep deprivation is not a parental rite of passage that needs to go on for months, and certainly not into the toddler or preschool years! Once a healthy child is past the first 6-7 months of life, he doesn’t physiologically need calories during the night; past this age, night wakings are no longer part of a healthy sleep pattern.
Now, if you’re feeling pretty awful after waking up two or three (or five?!) times a night, let’s try to imagine how your child feels….
How much sleep does your child really need?
Here’s the nutshell answer to that question: 11-12 hours a night, straight. Every night.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “That’s for other people’s kids,” or “My child has never slept well,” or maybe “He hates being in his crib.”
In my sleep-coaching role, I’ve heard it all, and I’ve seen each child completely turn around. If your child is healthy, well and neurologically normal, then I can say with 99 per cent certainty that your child has it in her to sleep through the night.