Sleep Training Your Child Myths and Facts
Congratulations to all first-time moms and dads. Your little bundle of joy will bring loads of happiness and excitement in your lives, and not to mention some pleasant and not so pleasant surprises too. But the good thing is that everything will be fine as you learn the ropes and simultaneously seek help from a professional pediatric sleep consultant. We say this because one of the biggest challenges that new parents face with their babies is the sleep issue.
Babies often demand that they are rocked to sleep, cuddled, or nursed before they drift back to sleep. Initially, this is fine, but once they are around four months old, you can sleep train them so that they fall asleep or fall back to sleep on their own by self-soothing.
Did we say ‘sleep train’? Well, yes! Sleep training indeed comes with some tears, but it is most certainly not harmful or cruel or damaging in any way for the baby, as many people believe it to be. In this post, we’ll burst some preconceived notions about sleep training that often get the best of first-time parents. Once you read it, you will no longer dread sleep training. When your baby becomes a super sleeper, everyone will be able to get a good night’s sleep—all needed for good health, mental well-being, strong immunity, and the list of benefits goes on. Put simply; it’s perfectly fine to sleep, train babies.
Here are some myths and facts about sleep training that we’d like to address. Take a look:
Myth #1— Sleep training is synonymous with the “cry-it-out” method
‘The cry-it-out’ method is the reason why sleep training has a bad reputation. The method is now obsolete. “Sleep training” is an umbrella term that refers to a spectrum of approaches to help babies learn to fall asleep by themselves. It now includes techniques like camping out where the parent sleeps next to the baby’s crib so that they fall asleep. Another method is to put the baby in the crib and pat or rub the baby’s back until they stop crying. Soothe them so that they fall asleep. These gentle interventions have helped parents overcome baby sleep problems by nearly 30 percent.
Myth #2: Sleep training prevents bonding between parents and the baby
This one’s a classic. It’s believed that sleep training can break the attachment bond between parents and children, causes insecurities in children, leads to ADHD, and even creates toxic stress. First off, there is no clinical research or scientific evidence that indicates, hints, or reports about any of these harms because of sleep training. Therefore, cross that one off your list of things to worry about.
However, what we do know is that teaching your baby to sleep well during the night can ensure that both you and your little one are well-rested. Your energy can be spent being contentedly together, thereby strengthening your bond and relationship.
Myth #3—Sleep training will fix all baby issues
No, it won’t fix all issues. It is important to understand that sleep training will teach your child to fall asleep fast and on their own, but there is no guarantee that it will fix other issues like early morning waking or night waking due to hunger. Some babies, even when sleep trained, will still need a few feeds a night up to 6 to 8 months.
For more information on sleep training or professional assistance from our experienced and certified pediatric sleep consultant, get in touch with us today. We will share the best ways to train your little one to sleep by self-soothing and inculcating good sleeping habits.