Loving Baby Sleep Tips
As a mom of four (twins plus two) I always slept with our children in our room for the first couple months, so when I say “crib” in the video above, please know I’m referring to “bedside bassinet”, “co-sleeper” and/or “your bed”. I support families in making informed choices about where their baby(s) sleep.
I hope these tips help! If you’re still struggling or find yourself looking for additional support, I have another video for you. Gentle Baby Sleep Support: 5 Simple Steps to help you and baby sleep without resorting to the “cry-it-out” method. The details are below. And be sure to download your FREE Baby Journal here before you leave!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
No one likes to talk about how their baby is not sleeping. We hear friends and family talking about how their little ones getting five, eight, maybe even TWELVE hours of uninterrupted sleep and well, it’s no wonder we think we’re doing it wrong or that our baby is “broken”.
Some of the most amazing parents I’ve know have felt resigned to suffering sleep deprivation. These parents are more interested in fostering a healthy, secure attachment with their baby than they are getting sleep. They want to meet their child’s needs first and foremost. They wake with their baby to hold and feed them, not based on the books or a schedule, but based on what they feel are their babies’ needs. This might be every hour. It might be every three or every five hours – for months and months and sometimes years. They adjust to not being able to put their baby/child down, whether asleep or awake, because when they do, their child cries. They adjust to 20 to 30 minute naps tops. They do all of this because they value attachment and hate the idea of letting their baby “cry-it-out”, the only other solution offered to them by their doctors, families and friends.
THERE IS ANOTHER WAY
As an Infant Massage Instructor and Physical Therapist I’ve worked with hundreds of parents and their babies, so believe me when I tell you that baby sleep issues/concerns are very common. Sleep is a very popular topic for the moms I work with, topped perhaps only by nursing and life-balance/adjusting to life with a baby. I tell you all of this to say that if any of the above sounds familiar, you are most DEFINITELY not alone.
If this does describe some of the challenges you are facing, I created a resource just for you. After years of having hundreds of the parents I’d been teaching infant massage and healthy attachment techniques ask me how they might better support their children in getting the sleep they need, gently and without resorting to the cry it out approach, I took my answer, a 5 step approach to helping babies sleep while reinforcing a healthy and secure attachment, and made it into the following short video.
As a therapist who has taught on the national level for over a decade to families and childcare organizations like Parents As Teachers, First Steps, Children’s Hope International, and more about the value of attachment, I knew that truly gentle sleep support for parents was hard to come by and too often attached to a big price tag (from $50 to sometimes $350 for private coaching, site memberships, books/videos, etc). So when my twins turned 6 months old, I vowed I would put my long proven, simple and gentle five step approach to baby sleep on film and make it WIDELY accessible to all for the price of a cup of coffee.
It’s one thing to read about sleep tips and another to SEE them explained and in use! And with two babies at once no less. If you are looking for a truly gentle approach to improve your naptime and nighttime routines/rituals AND a better understanding of your child’s sleep signs, this video is for you.
With your Baby Sleep Video, I will also send you answers to some of the most common sleep questions:
- When can I expect my baby will be ready to merge his or her naps from three to two to one?
- How much sleep is my little one supposed to be getting as a newborn? at 6 mo? 12mo? 18mo??? What about when they are 2, 3 or even 5 years old?
- When do I move my little one out of the crib and HOW? What if they are trying to get out but I’m not ready for the big boy/girl bed??? What then?
Your first bonus gift will arrive just days after your sleep video, with additional gifts arriving in the weeks to come, addressing some of the most common sleep issues you will likely face before you are needing the support.
GENTLE BABY SLEEP VIDEO: $3.99
I want you to LOVE the video I am about to share with you and if you don’t, I will reimburse you, no questions asked. 100% guaranteed. It’s priced so low because everyone deserves to know these simple and effective tips.
IN THIS VIDEO YOU WILL SEE:
- How I watch and respond to my baby’s sleep signs.
- The step by step sleep ritual approach we used and that you too can take to ease the transition to naptime/bedtime.
- The habits I put into place with my two breastfed babies, allowing for us to enjoy three solid, regular naps a day along with eight plus hours of sleep before either woke for their middle of the night feeding.
I continued to nurse my two babies at night if they asked for it up until somewhere between ten and twelve months and this worked for us. What will work best for you and your baby(s)? That is for you to decide!!!
THIS VIDEO IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
- You are pregnant. Sleep is one of the top concerns new parents have. Put your fears to rest and enjoy some practical, easy to use tips that will help you tune in and trust yourself and you baby.
- You are new parent. If it feels like your baby is far from settled into a sleep ritual, now is the PERFECT time to watch this video. It will support you in getting into some great habits.
- Your baby is six to twelve plus months old and habits that served you well when they were newborns are no longer serving you. Now is still the perfect time to watch this video.
I hope this page and these many gentle sleep support tools help you find the insights and direction you are looking for. If you would like more support, please visit here to learn more about the Gentle Sleep Support I offer parents one-on-one.
Remember, watch the videos, read the books, use the sleep aids, and talk to other parents for tips, but more than that, tune in and trust what your body is telling you. You are uniquely connected to this little one in a way that nobody else is. Let all the information you collect filter down through you. Act only on the ideas that speak to your heart.
You are the manual and you have SO got this.