Teach Your Baby To Sleep Already

– Written by JoAnna Inks 

It’s 2024 – Teach Your Baby To Sleep Already

Happy New Year! It’s 2024! Teach your baby to sleep already. What are you waiting for? For parents out there who say they aren’t “into” sleep training, I’m a sleep consultant; truth be known, I’m NOT into sleep training. It’s not the sleep training part that’s amazing. It’s the result where the child AND the family are well-rested, healthier, and happier. I hear it over and over that when a baby or child learns to sleep, it’s nothing short of life-changing!

Good News

If you don’t believe me, read this email from a recent client of mine:

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“Thank you so much, JoAnna. The day my friend posted on Facebook about her experience with you, I knew it was put there for me to see it. It was not a hard decision for me at all… I was ready… and you came highly recommended. Our experience with you was nothing short of amazing. I will be forever grateful for what you did for us that truly gave us our life back…. It feels weird to say, but, our son sleeping has completely changed our lives.. I can’t even believe how much better our daily lives are. Thank you soooo much for everything you did for us I tell EVERYONE about you! You are amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

Sleep-Deprived Society

Tired mom wishing her baby would sleep

As a people, we are chronically sleep-deprived and continue to miss our sleep cues daily. Children are not getting adequate rest, and this needs our attention. When we have fragmented sleep at night, we don’t feel our best the next day, and it’s no different for babies and children. They show it in different ways because they can’t express fatigue like we can. Babies and children often get wired when tired, making it harder to know that they actually need sleep!

We’re designed for consolidated sleep at night to feel well-rested during the day. Children that have fragmented sleep don’t allow for proper brain development. Also, poor sleep in children is shown to have an increased risk of diabetes, hyperactivity, and childhood obesity. To name a few!

It’s hard when a parent tells me their child isn’t a good sleeper. There’s NOTHING wrong with your child; you haven’t taught them to be a good sleeper. Sleep is a skill! Let me say that again: sleep is a skill! Every child can learn to sleep well no matter their age. Small changes to their feeds and schedules can significantly affect how a baby sleeps.

I don’t teach a “Cry it Out Method”. However, if that has worked for you, ZERO judgment from me. My sleep plans are gentler and more effective. There’s a way to teach every child to sleep well, and I pride myself on helping a family find a way that works for them. There’s not a one-size-fits-all model for this.

How Will Your Child Learn To Sleep?

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I am not here to tell you that you must sleep-train your children. 20% of babies become good sleepers on their own. If you have one of those babies, that is great!

The other 80% of babies don’t “outgrow” being bad sleepers, and statistics show that three to five years later, they are often still struggling with sleep.

I recently worked with a family with a 4-year-old who had NEVER slept through the night his entire life! Seriously, I don’t know how these parents made it. I want you to know there’s help. It’s always possible to teach your child to sleep well. My plans work for children up to 9 years old.

Some children are great sleepers and then suddenly aren’t! If your toddler’s sleep has come undone, you’re not alone, and the good news is they CAN learn to sleep well again. I recently wrote an article about this very topic!

How much sleep do babies need in 24 hours?

Here’s a quick peek:

  • NB – 3 months: 16 – 20 hours
  • 3 – 6 months: about 15 – 17 hours
  • 6 – 12 months: about 15 – 16 hours
  • 12 – 24 months: 12 – 14 hours
  • 3 – 8 years: 11-12 hours

Final Thoughts

If your child is getting less sleep than they need, I would look at your schedule and figure out how to make this a priority starting today.

Good sleep hygiene is as essential as proper nutrition for your children. The priority of adequate sleep often takes a back seat to our busy lives.

Whether or not you agree with sleep training, your children should get adequate, consolidated sleep every night.

If you’re struggling with a baby or child not sleeping well, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Whether you need to make it a priority or be more consistent- do something about it.

Parenthood is exhausting enough when we’re well-rested!

If you’re ready to make 2024 the year you teach your baby to sleep, I offer a complimentary discovery call so I can learn more about your baby’s specific sleep struggles, and I can share exactly how I can help your family get the rest you need.

In a few short nights, it’s nothing short of life-changing.

Book a complimentary discovery call today!

Happy New Year!

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