Sleep training

Sleep Training is the process of teaching your baby or child the skills necessary to become independent sleepers. Who are then able to go to sleep independently and stay asleep throughout the night.

Many babies and children suffer from sleep problems in the first years of life. One of the main reasons why they are not able to sleep is that they have developed a sleep association and cannot sleep without it. A sleep association can be being breastfed or bottle fed to sleep, using a pacifier, being rocked or held to sleep, being carried around in the baby carrier, or pushed in the stroller. If the child thinks he needs these things to sleep, it will be very difficult for him to go to sleep without them.

Some sleep associations can begin to cause problems, if the baby wakes up frequently looking for these things.

Babies are not born with the understanding of day and night, this takes a few months to develop. Human beings have a biological need for sleep and to follow our bodies circadian rhythms. Therefore, parents should create a clear routine and follow healthy sleep habits to benefit not only their babies, but themselves.

Sleep is essential for a baby´s physical and mental development. When a baby does not get enough rest he will quickly become irritable and often hyperactive. This can often confuse parents who feel that their baby is not tired and then rather than sleeping, the baby is becoming more and more active and energetic. This can become and very challenging time and a difficult spiral to get out of. Bad sleep affects the whole family and has a big impact on such things as parental depression, stress, anxiety, disagreements between parents and can often lead to the end of life as a couple.

Benefits of teaching your child healthy sleep habits

With my experience and your willingness to change the sleep habits of your child, my sleep plans allow you to:

  • Be able to sleep all night without interruption
  • Ensure that your child gets the recommended hours
  • Put your child to bed without stress
  • Not feel guilty for wanting more sleep for the whole family
  • See how the sleep and mood of your child improves in a few days
  • See how your family start enjoying the time you spend together
  • Have time to relax with your partner while your children sleep
  • Go to work rested and clearheaded

My professional opinion about letting babies cry

Parents always ask me if my methods involve crying. My methods do not involve leaving your baby to cry.

Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part. But please know I would never ask you to leave your child alone crying for long periods of time.

A tired and irritable child will often cry for long periods of time, just as children cry when you leave them at day care. But if you work hard to teach your child independent sleeping habits, the crying soon stops as your child becomes well rested and happier to be around throughout the day.

Who is it for?

My sleep plans are for families who are ready to make changes to their current habits and who are willing to dedicate the time and effort to help their baby get the rest they need.

Although these are not radical changes, you must be open minded and must believe in your parenting skills and the difference you can make for your family.

If you are not ready to stay consistent for at least a week in order to see changes.

If you are not ready to take on advice and listen to my suggestions or have an open mind.

Who is it not for?

If you are not ready to stay consistent for at least a week in order to see changes.

If you are not ready to take on advice and listen to my suggestions or have an open mind.

Do you have any question about sleep training?

Thanks for getting in touch with me. I will be on maternity leave until September 2017. You can send me your information request and I will answer you as soon as I’m back. Thank you!

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