As parents, we want more of it, our children desperately need it, and oftentimes it feel like a mystery we can’t solve… it’s SLEEP.
Getting children to have a consistent sleep pattern for night time and naps is one of the biggest challenge parents of young children face. My guests today, Robin and Jenn from SleepyCues, are professional sleep consultants. In this episode they share fantastic tips I wish I’d had when my kids were younger.
We dive into the myths of sleep training and discuss strategies for staying consistent when responding to frequent wakers.
People don’t come to us out of a lack of information. You can find all this information for free on Google. But people come to us because they’ve “tried everything,” and it hasn’t worked. And what that means is I read an article on Monday and I implemented it that night. But Tuesday I read something that said something different so I switched to that. Then Wednesday I decided to replace the paci, but Thursday I decided to unswaddle. We have so much information coming at us that really the missing piece is that consistency and making a plan and actually sticking with it. That’s the hard part.
Whether you are in the thick of it with small kids who won’t sleep, or have a friend who is, I hope this episode will encourage you that consistent sleep is possible for your children. It’s going to look different for each of your kids and it’s a lot of work, but hang in there and don’t mom alone!
What we chat about:
- Meet the Sleepy Cues team- Robin Brient and Jenn Haskew
- Changing the narrative around the idea of sleep training
- Investigating various methods for soothing your children
- Each child is so different with what helps them get healthy rest
- How to identify if your child has specific sensory or physical needs with sleep
- Look at your child’s sleep needs as accomodations and not as coddling or crutches
- Swaddling methods and timelines for safe swaddling
- Co-sleeping recommendations and why coaching is key
- We can sabotage our efforts by constantly switching methods to try to get baby to sleep
- Try responding consistently to your child waking. Every time say or do the same thing till they surrender to sleep.
- How many hours of sleep kids need for restorative sleep
- Taking care of yourself is an important key to caring for your small children
- Baby wearing, slowing down schedules and reducing stimuli to increase sleep quality
- Seeking professional help for children with disabilities or sensory processing needs
- Strategies for taking care of a newborn when you have older kids
Connect with SleepyCues:
- Carriers: Ergobaby or Kinderca
- White noise (stationary & portable): Marpac hushh**
- Convertible Swaddles (great through all of the ages!): Love to Dream or Zipadee-Zip
Intake form : sleepycues.com/intake
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