Sleep Strategies for Baby

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If you have a newborn at home, you’ll know that sleep is a distant friend that doesn’t visit too often. 

Especially for them.

You might be feeling overwhelmed that your sleep decisions lately are your own burden to bear. You’re actually not alone trying to conquer your baby’s adversion to sleep and all the challenges that come along with establishing healthy sleep patterns for your little ones.

A good support system, constant communication and a lot of patience goes a long way.

Sleep challenges are normal during various milestones as your baby develops, so don’t panic that your little insomniac is behind the curve.

If you’re expecting, gaining a better understanding about sleep before your baby arrives can give you a welcome advantage. You’ll get some ideas about sleep pattern establishment and how you can start from day one.

You’ll hit some bumps in the road, but remember to assure yourself when things get tough.

“Obstacles are temporary when the greater goal is always in sight.”

Don’t stress sleep and stand behind the choices you make for your family without fear of judgement 

Cosleeping

Cosleeping can be a powerful bonding experience between parents and their new baby. Unfortunately there are a list of risks to consider as you research a cosleeping strategy to keep your baby safe in their sleeping arrangement. In an adult bed there are textiles that can create suffocation risks like pillows, blankets or sheets. Cosleeping parents have to be actively aware of the baby’s sleep position throughout the night, ensuring they aren’t covered, rolled over or caught underneath anything.

For more information visit www.cosleeping.nd.edu

Cry It Out/ Extinction

One way to condition your little one to fall asleep on their own and learn how to self sooth is the “cry it out” method. This sleeping method isn’t for everyone, but can be a safe and effective way to sleep train your baby. This allows your baby to cry and soothe themselves to sleep. CIO is difficult for many parents because its tough hearing your baby cry and not intervene. This makes spouse support an important element of CIO success and as a team your baby will be sleeping on their own in no time.

For more information visit www.whattoexpect.com

Fading 

Similar to CIO, fading or “camping out” involves parents slowly encouraging self soothing methods by intermittently allowing their baby to cry at night time. Fading allows parents to soothe their baby gently but briefly, reassuring baby and letting them cry which will ultimately lead to them comforting themselves to sleep. This helps parents find a comfortable area between too much crying and too much coddling, making fading an effective tool for many parents.

For more information visit www.babycenter.com

There’s an unlimited amount of resources for sleep training and the journey parents take to successfully guide their baby into a restful night’s sleep. 

So many resources that it’s too many for one lonely reference guide so we’ve put together another go-to for parents looking to find a balance for quality sleep methods.

For additional support please join the Taylor Made Doulas closed Facebook group ‘The Fourth Trimester’. 

Check out our Part Two for even more ways to encourage your baby to sleep through the night. 

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