Raise your hand if you have a love-hate relationship with Google. So much great information, but still … so MUCH information. If you google “baby sleep” it comes up with around 232,000,000 results. Is this a good thing??
I believe reading too many books, websites, articles and blogs (except this one) 😉 can actually be detrimental. However, if you are like most families, and would rather not leave your precious sleep up to trial and error, reading a few books can certainly be helpful.
Now, I know you barely have time to shower most days, so a whole book may seem unrealistic. But I really do recommend reading at least one highly rated book. Why? Articles will often focus on just one or two points: try this method or that routine. Whereas, a good book will cover all the foundations for healthy sleep (nutrition, environment, emotional health, etc.). And those foundations are really important. Try a digital reader with text-to-speech, and play the book while folding laundry!
Will books provide all the answers you need for your specific situation? No. Your baby is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s okay to take what you like from different books and come up with your own plan!
Educate yourself on the foundations of healthy sleep and then learn to trust your instincts. No one knows your baby like YOU!
“Okay, I have some ideas, but how do I know if my plan will work??”
If you’ve done your research, and you have a rough idea of how you’d like to address your child’s sleep, but still feel unsure – ask me! Tell me in an email what you’re thinking, and if I can respond to your questions in a quick* message, I am happy to do so for free. There’s nothing better than being able to say to parents, “You’ve got this!” and seeing them soar!
You can reach me at email@example.com.
*(It may be that there is simply too much to address in one free email – and if that’s the case I will let you know. :))