4 STEPS to more R.e.s.t.
Are you tired of being tired? Is your baby out of the newborn stage but still up every 2-3 hours, taking forever to fall asleep at bedtime, or taking short naps?
Are you so exhausted, you want to cry. Or quit. Or at least just get away for a week of uninterrupted sleep? You want to enjoy being a parent, but you're just too sleep deprived to even know how.
Trust me when I say, I've been there. I feel you. And there is a solution. Some of it, you already know, and have already tried, but your plan of action just needs to be fine tuned. But some of it will be a new take that you've never even considered. After all, you just don't know what you don't know.
I'm going to keep this brief because I know how hard it can be to concentrate on reading when you have a baby to take care of and the whole no-sleep thing. But I do hope you'll take full advantage of my offer at the end, so you can all start sleeping better and start enjoying parenting, ASAP.
So, to get started, we'll start with something basic- the first letter in R.E.S.T.:
(if you want to skip ahead, start telling me a little about your situation in the chat box - I'm here to help!)
Many parents have already implemented a routine before naps and bedtime, but if you haven't yet, it's a great place to start. A bedtime routine should be about 20-30 minutes long, depending on if a bath is included. It should include calming, bonding, enjoyable activities, like cuddling, stories, songs, as well as the practicals like teeth brushing (if your baby has teeth yet!) and diaper changes and pajamas. Put anything your baby doesn't like towards the beginning so he has all the calm, pleasant feels before being put down - AWAKE. Do your routine every night generally in the same order, and make your nap routine a shorter version, around 5-10 minutes.
The next key (and the second letter in REST) is to check your baby's sleep environment. Besides all of the safe sleep factors (flat, firm surface, no loose blankets or crib bumpers, back for sleep, etc.) make sure the room is dark and cool, which helps aide melatonin production. I also strongly recommend white noise - quite loud, depending on the baby's age! It can become a positive sleep association and help baby become calm and ready for sleep.
Now this is one of those incredibly important factors that many people under-estimate. For a young baby, a SCHEDULE that is off by even 10-15 minutes can mean a cranky, overtired baby refusing to sleep. In my sleep plans, I take into account your baby's age (adjusted, if they were early or late) and biological nap windows (don't know what these are? schedule a free consult and I'll tell you!) Using these (and many other) factors, I determine the most optimal schedule for your baby's naps and food/milk intake to help them achieve the most restorative naps and night sleep in the most low-stress way possible.
The last letter in R.E.S.T. and the the key to it all is picking the right TRAINING method. What you won't get from me is a one-size-fits-all approach. Research has shown that one of the keys to successful sleep training is having a plan and a method that parents are comfortable committing to. Because my practice is evidence-based, I take this very seriously. That is why I am confident recommending methods all over the sleep training methods spectrum, because I work with parents who are all over the parenting spectrum! I won't pigeon-hole you- I will listen and get to know you and make my professional recommendation based on what will fit your family best.
I hope you'll take the time to schedule your free consultation below. I'd love to hear your story and put together a path forward that will have you and your little one sleeping great within 1-2 weeks! Want to get started even sooner- say hi in the chat box below!
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