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The Power of Consistent Responses: A Guide to Better Baby Sleep

by | Apr 2, 2024 | bedtime routine, bumps in the road, Quick Baby Sleep Tips, Toddler Sleep Tips, transitions | 0 comments

I would like to dive into a topic that’s close to every parent’s heart – the importance of consistent responses when it comes to our babies’ sleep.   I find consistent responses to be the piece of baby sleep that parents find the most challenging.  I also believe it is the most important ingredient in order for parents to achieve their little one’s sleep goals.  As a pediatric sleep coach and advocate for well-rested families, I’m here to shed light on why consistency is key to unlocking better sleep for both you and your little one.

  1. Consistency breeds familiarity: Picture this – you’re in a foreign country, and the rules keep changing. Confusing, right? Well, babies feel the same way about their parents’ responses. The more consistent parents’ response are when their baby is trying to fall asleep or to wakes in the middle of the night, the more they know what to expect. And when babies know what to expect, their sleep becomes more predictable and restful.

  2. The time factor: Waiting 5-10 minutes for your baby to self-soothe can feel like an eternity, especially in the wee hours of the night. But here’s the truth – it’s not that long at all. In fact, giving your baby the space to settle themselves can work wonders in the long run. Remember, patience is key in this journey towards better sleep.

  3. Providing opportunities for self-soothing: Imagine trying to solve a puzzle without all the pieces. Similarly, if you don’t give your baby the opportunity to self-soothe when they wake up in the middle of the night, you can’t expect them to magically fall back asleep on their own. By allowing them this chance, you’re empowering them to develop healthy sleep habits.

  4. Understanding active sleep: Did you know that babies often move around and make noise during what’s called “active sleep”? It’s a natural part of their sleep cycle and doesn’t necessarily mean they need your intervention. In fact, going to them during this time might actually disrupt their sleep further. Trust that they’re capable of self-soothing and give them the space to do so.

In conclusion, consistency is the cornerstone of successful sleep training. By providing a predictable and supportive responses for your baby, you’re setting the stage for better sleep habits and happier nights for the whole family.

Remember, I’m here to support you every step of the way. If you’re ready to embark on this journey towards better sleep, don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we can help your family enjoy the restful nights you deserve.

Here’s to sweet dreams and peaceful nights ahead!

Your sleep bestie,

AM

 

 

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I help you harness the power of sleep training to improve the spirits and lives of you and your family through proper rest. I’d love to talk to you about your little one and help you get back to living life well rested! ❤️

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