When I became a new mom last year, there were so many aspects that I just loved about having this new little man in my life. On the flip side, there was one thing that did catch me by surprise… the lack of sleep!
Now I didn’t sleep much during my pregnancy, and overall throughout my life I’ve had sleep issues. However, I was shocked how much the lack of sleep once the little man arrived was taking an toll on me. Recently I was talking to another new mom who has a 3 month old and was wondering about sleep training before she heads back to work. I started racking my brain for tips and anything I could share with her.
Usually around 4 months or after, you might want to consider sleep training and considering a sleep schedule. You can now teach your previous one soothe themselves into slumber. Know what this means for you? Since your baby sleep for longer stretches of time… more sleep for you!
Mommy Relief (http://www.mommyrelief.com) has put together this awesome infographic with five strategies to assist you as you start the journey of sleep training your baby. While this is a big step, don’t be scared! Just focus of the end result of peaceful rest for both you and your baby:
I found many of these strategies super helpful to new moms. I even practiced some of these myself while I went through sleep training. For instance, the one for giving a little attention at a time actually works wonders. We were at the point where I all had to do was simply rub my son’s back for a second and then he was back into slumber.
Additionally, the one about assessing their cry is a good point. Many times the cry has nothing to do with hunger or pain. As new moms, certainly once we hear a peep we want to rush to our baby and soothe. Waiting a few minutes to see if your baby can self-soothe does wonders for the training. Remember, the goal is for your baby to self-soothe and not relay on momma every hour to help them sleep.
Good luck in your journey!
What other tips would you offer a new mom who has begun the journey of sleep training their baby?
I was financially compensated for this posting, however all opinions are 100% mine and I have not been influenced otherwise.