?I can very much so relate to this picture… ? Had I known then what I know now, life would’ve been much easier in the sleep department!
From 0-3 months, putting my baby down to sleep drowsy or already asleep actually seemed to work beautifully with my own daughter. I would start bedtime and naptime with a feed, then once she started dozing off I would put her down in her swing or bassinet! At just 2 weeks old she was sleeping in good 4-5 hr stretches at night! Easy peasy right? ??Life as a new mom was great! Now when she turned 4 months, this stopped working all the time and she turned into the ticking time bomb seen below⤵? What happened to my sweet sleeping baby!!? Would she just “grow out of it”? Short answer➡ no.
One of the most important things to do when teaching your little one how to sleep well (and eventually through the night), is to put him down in his crib FULLY awake before he drifts off to sleep. This is for both bedtime and naptime. This will allow your baby to learn how to make the journey into sleep fully independently. It also allows him to develop the self soothing skills he needs to be capable of sleeping through the night without needing your assistance! Now this becomes even more important at the time that normal circadian rhythms start emerging, between 10-12 weeks old.
Before the age of 12 weeks, all you can do is try and allow for your baby to practice his self soothing skills from time to time. Some babies are born ready to do this from day 1, others not so much and that’s OK! With time and practice, it’ll come.?
Now if you’re baby is over the age of 12 weeks, and sleep has increasingly become difficult, there is a cure!?
Sleeping through the night isn’t a milestone, it’s a learned behavior. If you’re ready for a more peaceful and predictable night’s sleep I can help. Start by booking your free no obligation evaluation call with me today to find out how! https://www.timetrade.com/book/WBVGH