So before deciding whether you are ready for sleep training, we’ve put together a list of things to consider!
1. Do your homework - find a Sleep Consultant that is highly rated and recommended! Like with any profession, there are people who do the right thing and there are people who don't (whether its intentional or not). This is your baby and your family, so finding someone who fits is super important!
2. Make sure bub is healthy and thriving! It’s a good idea to get checked over by your family GP - we are aiming for a smooth sleep journey so this is a really important first step to take.
3. Remember - sometimes this sleep thing can take a little while to see results. It all comes down to your parenting style, the technique, your little one’s temperament and consistency!
4. It’s never too late to start healthy sleep habits such as a wind-down ritual. Research tells us that giving babies consistent and routine sleep-cues helps them to settle calmer into sleep.
5. There is no right or wrong way to helping our babies sleep, it’s about finding what works for you and your family and finding a consultant that understands this!
6. Prepare to diiiiiiig-deep! Being calm, consistent and confident (even if you have to fake it ‘til you make it) makes the process easier for your baby - our little ones are super clever, they pick up on our vibes around getting them to sleep - you’ve got this!
7. There is really no “tear-free” method! Though we wish we could, we just can’t control how baby will respond to the strategy you choose - crying is a normal and healthy way for babies to communicate their protest! But we can be there to fully support them emotionally through the learning!
8. Consistency is KEY! When you are ready to implement whichever method you choose, stick with it for a set time! Swapping techniques overwhelms and confuses our babies. Consistency and predictability will help the process move faster!
9. Get that sleep environment perfecto - we are talking dark room, white noise and dressed appropriately (in natural breathable fabrics!)
10. For young babies (up to 5 or 6 months, depending on rolling) safe swaddling is a game-changer! If you haven’t tried this we highly recommend it, do your research on SAFE swaddling! Remember nice loose hips to prevent any hip issues!
11. For baby’s over 7 months - introducing a comforter or lovey is a positive sleep association! We don’t recommend any earlier as it is considered a SIDS risk. We follow the Red Nose Recommendations for Safe Sleep.
12. Get on the same page as your parenting partner! We get it! Sometimes we have different ideas on this parenting thing, but inconsistency in approaches means you won’t see results and it will cause unnecessary stress to baby. So, find a balance, a common goal and agree to support each other through it!
13. And lastly! Trust that your baby can do this and so can you!
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