Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?! – Sponsored Post
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This is a question I often asked my son when he was an infant. I asked it in a sweet voice, I asked it in a pleading voice, I asked it in an angry voice, but no matter how many times I asked, he never gave me the answer.
I can remember the night— and some of you will know exactly what I’m talking about— when I felt like I could not take it anymore. My son just would not stay asleep and I had hit rock bottom, exhausted from waking up multiple times every night and having to soothe him back to sleep. My husband found me at 3:00 in the morning sobbing away in our living room.
When our babies don’t sleep well, we tend to look for an explanation. We think it might be teething or gas. We worry that she’s too small and she needs to eat in the night, or he’s too big and he needs to eat more or he won’t feel full. The list goes on and on.
Are any of these explanations the real truth? Sometimes. But barring those times when your child has a burning fever or a new tooth coming in, the real reason most babies won’t sleep or stay asleep is that they just haven’t learned how.
We all have strategies that help us make the journey into sleep each night. We have bedtime routines that we tend to do without really thinking about it, and we do these things because they help us transition from the busyness of our day to a restful sleep.
Most of us have a favorite position on the bed that we turn to when we feel sleep about to come. Some of us need a glass of water beside the bed, some need white noise or music, others can’t sleep without the window open. Some need a cup of herbal tea, and some have to read for ten minutes…Whatever the differences might be, these are all sleep strategies, and without them we’d have trouble drifting off.
The same goes for babies. Many parents who haven’t developed a sleeping strategy for their babies will complain that their child can only fall asleep with the bottle, or while breastfeeding, or while being rocked or patted.
While this might be true, the trouble is, by offering these props, parents are creating a situation where their babies are dependent on something external to help them sleep. And that’s why they don’t sleep well.
Night waking is very common in babies who have not learned to sleep properly and are relying on a prop. When they wake up and the prop isn’t there to put them back to sleep, they have to wake up fully and cry in order to be soothed back to sleep. It’s not personal, Mom and Dad… they haven’t made it their personal mission to wake you up ten times a night. They just have no idea how to go to sleep without your help.
That’s where I come in. As the owner of Silver Moon Sleep Consulting, I provide a customized sleep plan to fit the individual needs of both the child(ren) and parents! I help tired parents teach their child(ren) healthy and independent sleep habits that will benefit them the rest of their lives. There are lots of ways to give your child the tools he/she needs to be able to sleep independently, even from a very young age. Babies are capable of sleeping through the night, and learning those skills young will help make bedtimes and nighttime’s relatively hassle-free.
A well-rested child is a happier, healthier child. And a well-rested parent is healthier and happier.
I was born to help parents and families. I am a graduate of Niagara University where I received a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and also in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages. I then went on to get my Masters degree in Special Education from Fayetteville State University.
You may wonder what makes me qualified to help you and your family and I would tell you, I’ve been there! I spent the first 2.5 years of my sons life waiting for him to learn how to sleep through the night. I held/rocked/shushed him until he fell asleep, only to have him wake up an hour later. I was tired and cranky and knew I had to make a change. That’s when I discovered The Sleep Sense™ Program created by world renowned sleep expert, Dana Obleman. I hired a consultant and followed her detailed plan and by the end of the first week my son was sleeping through the night! It was a miracle that I NEEDED to share with other parents.
Why hire me and not just read another sleep book? I was personally trained by Dana Obleman and have completed a comprehensive training and mentoring program, giving me the most up-to-date research and tools to help your child sleep through the night. I am dedicated to teaching your child healthy sleep habits and I will be with you every step of the way!