As I constantly get new parent calls with concerns with their babies sleep habits, I decided to do a little research to find out if there is anything new out there that is recommended. Unfortunately, my findings were conclusive that while scientist, pediatricians, and the like are always looking for sleep solutions and more importantly, the “one sleep solution” that will work for every child, the answer is there is none. Consistency is key, as I tell all of our Metro Parent Relief parents. Consistency in which ever method you choose to be the best for your family is the number one common denominator in any technique actually working. While many of us are so exhausted by the time we realize that there actually is a problem with our child’s sleep habits the next factor becomes our own ability to think clearly and make good decisions. Both of which are highly unlikely at 2 am when you have to rise and shine at 5 am to prepare for your busy work day. Many in our time are what I like to call Super Moms. We have all aspects of our home, work, and life completely covered and are reluctant to reach out for help. We often have family that can help initially and sometimes do not, but feel for some strange reason that we can cover everything by ourselves. We become sleep deprived, moody, use poor judgement, and believe it or not our weight is affected. Research shows that parents that are sleep deprived gain unwanted weight, and have other health related issues over time.
With this being said, I’d like to highlight valuable information from a recent article on Baby Center. It highlights what we all have heard many times the most common sleep training methods, but again, insists that they key to being successful is consistency. Should you feel overwhelmed, unable to enforce any of the following methods, and need professional help in incorporating, there are agencies such as Metro Parent Relief that have skilled, experienced, qualified night nannies that have utilized sleep training techniques, many of which are below and have been extremely successful within a short amount of time. Many believe that our night nannies are just natural, “baby whisperers”, others feel that just having baby see, smell, and feel a different touch not belonging to mom and/or dad can help with the sleep training process and introducing healthy sleep habits. However, if you are up to the challenge yourself, try a few of the suggested methods below. We encourage that you do additional research to fully understand the steps prior to beginning the training, and keep a log of each night in which you implement the training, times, babies reactions, changes in habits, what worked, and what did not. Analyze the log each day to become familiar with the steps and procedures that are being most effective.
Please share with others within the Metro Parent Relief community your successes, suggestions, and ideas. We’d love to know how these suggested solutions have worked for you and your family with sleep training your baby. However, remember that should you wish to enlist additional help, Metro Parent Relief experts are just a call away.
Five sleep solutions that work (From Baby Center 2014)
The review put these five sleep-training techniques to the test:
The full “cry it out” method. You let your baby cry herself to sleep without comforting her (also known as the extinction method).
The modified “cry it out” method. You let your baby cry but reassure her at regular intervals (also known as graduated extinction).
Soothing bedtime routines. You establish routines that help your baby wind down, then turn out the lights and don’t respond to any crying.
Parent education. Before your baby arrives or right after, you learn about infant sleep and how to help your baby establish healthy sleep habits, such as putting her to bed sleepy but awake.
Scheduled awakenings. This rarely used tactic involves waking your baby before she would normally get up on her own. The awakenings get fewer and further between as you progress, until finally they’re phased out altogether.
Source: Baby Center, by Julia Bourland, http://www.babycenter.com/0_big-story-new-sleep-training-guidance-for-tired-parents_1524201.bc