Whether you have a toddler who won’t sleep or a newborn, these professional sleep consultants can help you regain your life and your sanity.
What’s the biggest myth out there about babies and sleep? Nicole Johnson, president of The Baby Sleep Site says it’s simple: the idea that if you keep them awake during the day, they will sleep better at night.
It’s not true. Why? Babies, like some adults, can have a much more difficult time falling asleep and staying there, if they’re over-tired. Their brain simply won’t unwind and turn off. Which is, obviously, bad news for parents.
According to Dr. William C. Dement, a physician and sleep specialist, parents of newborns miss out on about two hours of rest per night until their baby is 5 months old. Parents don’t really regain a full night’s sleep until their child turns 2.
And if you have a fussy child or one who seems strongly attached at night, your sleep deprivation can be even worse.
Common Sense Answers
The good news is that help is out there. Companies like Johnson’s are on-hand to offer easy-to-follow advice that can get you more shut-eye.
A married mother of two boys who wouldn’t sleep more than 2 hours at a time, Johnson knows her stuff. She says the top reasons a baby won’t sleep are often straightforward. They could be over-tired at sleep times or just have the wrong schedule.
Or, they could have developed sleep associations preventing them from knowing how to get themselves back to sleep between sleep cycles. If you have a social butterfly on your hands, your child may suffer from FOMO – Fear of Missing Out- and want to be near you and interact. Yes, even at 2 AM.
It’s National Sleep Awareness Week. Let this “extension of your village” offer you custom advice over email and by phone from experts who can follow your situation, analyze what’s going on and get your baby or toddler (and you) the sleep you deserve.
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