Bedtime, sleep training, nighttime routine…. these are words that cause stress and anxiety for almost every parent.
There are 101 theories on how it is best to put your child to bed, on the best way to establish healthy sleep habits. Every person you meet will swear by a different method and every person will be wrong, wrong for you that is. The one big lesson having 5 kids has taught me is that there is no one way to do things. No one way that is right above all else. As a mom, we need to listen to our baby and toddlers sleep cues. We also need to listen to our mom gut and trust it. Trust that if it works for our family and it is safe then it is ok.
My sleep journey has been a long and crazy one and truth be told I still end up with a kid in my bed or in a kid bed every now and again. And that is ok. It took me a long time to accept that fact. To not feel like a failure if a child went backwards in the sleep process. I have 5 girls and I cannot handle letting them cry it out, it’s not for us. That means that I make bigger night time sacrifices for my kids. The peace of mind it gives me is worth the extra time it takes to put my kids to bed. There are tradeoffs at every level. There are some things that have worked for me and I hope bits and pieces can help you on your sleep journey.
Have a routine even if it seems less structured there should be consistency. At our house that means prayers, song and tucking in. My kids all sleep to the same song that makes it easy when we travel and all share a room. We stay in the room with our little ones until they fall asleep, then as they get older we gradually stop and since they share a room it works just fine for us.
Diapers matter. I learned the hard way how important a good diaper is. I bought every brand from generic on up and became a loyal Pampers user long before I was a blogger, no one likes waking up wet not mom or baby.
Sleep sacks for babies are so much safer than blankets, this is not opinion but fact so invest in some good ones of different weights.
Make the bedroom a safe space for your needs. Is a mattress on the floor best as you transition from a crib? What about co-sleeping siblings? Do you need a double bed so you can sleep with your child when needed? What sleeping arrangement works best for you? Own it and make it safe!
A good video monitor can provide peace of mind, I used to sneak up and make sure my baby was still breathing when she took an extra log nap (new mom issues!)
And the best piece of advice trust that what works best for you is ok, it doesn’t have to be what works for your friend! Assuming it is safe then it is ok to make a decision that feels right for your family because every child is unique!
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