It's rare for me to meet a parent that truly prepared for their child's sleep as much as they prepared for their pregnancy, labor & delivery, breastfeeding, preparing their nursery or registry, diapering, solids, or baby wearing.
But the unfortunate part is that EVERYONE has an opinion on sleep & what the right things to do are. Your family, friends coworkers, and strangers on the internet are well-meaning, but let's face it, it's somewhat useless (and often contradicting). What works for their child, won't work for another and can actually be detrimental to your child's sleep habits.
Have you heard things like....
"Sleep when the baby sleeps!
"Better sleep now because you won't sleep again."
"Never wake a sleeping baby!"
"Keep your baby up all day so they sleep all night!"
"If you hold your baby all the time, you'll spoil her."
"If you pick her up every time she cries, you'll spoil her."
"Your child should fit your schedule."
"Make sure your child is on a strict schedule from birth."
The problem is that most of that is misinformation with a little truth in it (though definitely not all of it). And what works at one point of their life, won't always work in the next. Not everyone understands the evolving sleep needs of a child and what our role in sleep is as a parent.
If what you're currently doing is working great for your family (that includes you mama!) and your child is getting the sleep they need for their age, then don't fix what's not broken! But if you're here, I assume you've gotten off track and need help getting back on the rails.
This is where I would come in. When you're ready to start getting more sleep, we work together to find the perfect combination of things for YOUR child and YOUR parenting. I'm skilled at reading your comprehensive intake form, creating a completely custom sleep plan and supporting you through any bumps in the road to achieve success in implementing healthy sleep habits for your child.
Sleep is when all the good things happen for our bodies. Muscles are growing, tissues repairing, proteins are synthesizing, and growth hormones are releasing. Those things won't happen like they're supposed to without proper sleep and in the proper sleep windows for their age.
Poor sleep can lead to emotional instability, difficulty learning new skills, impact learning with age including language skills, and can negatively affect their health with a higher risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and poor cardiovascular health.
Not only is sleep important for your growing child, it's also important for you. For everything listed above, but also because it's mperative for your mental health. Moms, you're already at risk for PPD/PPA and less sleep will exacerbate that. How can we parent to the best of our ability that our children deserve when we're barely functioning ourselves?
Here's an idea of how much sleep a child needs at different ages in a 24 hour period:
0-2 months | 16-19 hours
3-6 months | 14-17 hours
7-9 months | 12-15 hours
10-12 months | 11-15 hours
13-18 months | 11-14 hours
1.5-5 years | 11-13 hours
It's also important to note that babies do not outgrow sleep problems. They can follow them into toddlerhood, childhood, and even adulthood.
Here's how I help: