3 top tips to get your baby to sleep through the night
Sleep deprivation is a form of torture. Any new mum will agree. It can turn the most together person into a big ball of emotional mess. Watch out everybody! Whilst I have no stats to prove it, I'm sure that mums are the reason that the coffee industry is thriving. Melbourne mum of two - Melissa, is a Baby Sleep Coach and owner of The Balanced Mother. Melissa is kindly sharing some golden tips to help you get the sleep you need and deserve.
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Information provided by owner of The Balanced Mother - Melissa Salipas
When I had my first son I was not prepared for how sleep deprivation would effect me. My lowest point was when he was 3 weeks old. Breastfeeding wasn’t established yet for me and I hadn’t slept for about 3 days. That night my son was up all night crying for milk that I just didn’t have. I remember sitting in the nursery with tears rolling down my face, feeling hopeless. The logical part of me would have just said “oh well, lets crack open a tin of formula” but that part of me didn’t exist in the moment. All that existed was the sleep deprived emotional side of me broke down in tears because I thought I was a failure of a mother.
That is what sleep deprivation did to me, and I hate hearing how it impacts other. I really believe that it shouldn’t be that hard.
That is why I started The Balanced Mother. I am passionate about helping families get more rest.
Here are my top tips for helping your baby “Sleep through the night”.
1. Have realistic expectations - when you hear stories of 6 weeks old who sleep 7pm to 7am understand that these are not common. I work with parents based your child's age to set realistic goals on when a baby can ‘sleep through the night’.
2. Ensure you have the right sleep environment - simple things like a comfortable temperature, a dark room and white noise can really help a baby sleep well from birth. These simple things can then help older babies and toddlers sleep well too.
3. Encourage self soothing from birth - babies who are fed to sleep learn that they can only sleep if they are being fed, and then they demand it if they wake during the night. You want to be there to support your baby to sleep but you don’t need to assist your baby to sleep for all sleeps, encourage them to sleep on their own without any help from you from time to time and you may never need to sleep train you baby because you have taught them healthy sleep habits.
If you have any questions about your baby’s sleep feel free to reach out (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sleep deprivation is a form of torture and I believe that teaching a baby to sleep on their own is a special gift they will have for life.
ABOUT THE BALANCED MOTHER
A baby sleep coach who helps mamas find more balance (and sleep) in their lives.
Business owner: Melissa Salipas
Fav café: Second Home
Coffee order: Soy Latte (but trying to move towards a long black).
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