Truth: Whilst we do want our little ones to get as much sleep as possible, there are times it is helpful to wake them. During the newborn stage, newborns need to eat frequently to ensure they are gaining enough weight. By waking newborns every 2-3 hours during the day for feedings, this helps them gain the necessary weight, and also exposes them to more daylight, which can help with day/night confusion. Other reasons you may want to wake a sleeping baby is if they are sleeping too much in the day which may be leading to long wakeful periods in the night, or to protect their bedtime (so it’s not occurring too late – ideally we want it to be between 6-8pm).
- Myth: Sleep Training is simply about letting your baby cry-it-out
Truth: The goal of sleep training is to help your baby develop healthy sleep habits and to have them fall asleep on their own. There are a number of different sleep training methods you can use, including more gentle/gradual methods, and more direct methods, all of which can be suited to your child and family needs. Here at Sweet Dreams we always discuss all the options and find the best solution for your family and the one you feel most comfortable implementing.
- Myth: My baby is simply a poor sleeper and there’s nothing I can do about it
Truth: Although some babies are naturally better sleepers than others, it’s often how we as parents respond and influence their sleep that can determine whether they are a poor sleeper or not. Even though some babies may be lighter sleepers, or have more difficulty shutting out the world in order to go to sleep and stay asleep, every baby has the ability to learn to sleep well.
- Myth: My baby doesn’t need as much sleep as others
Truth: All babies and toddlers (up to at least the age of 3) need on average of 11-12 hours of sleep overnight and anywhere between 1-4 hours of daytime sleep (depending on their age). Don’t make the mistake of thinking your baby needs less sleep than others – they may just simply have a harder time shutting out the world in order to get to sleep and stay asleep (and in most cases this means they are actually overtired).
- Myth: Moving my toddler from their cot to a bed will help resolve a sleep problem
If your toddler is having sleep issues in their cot, they are just as likely to have the same problem in a bed. If anything, the problem may get worse, as a bed offers you less control and they can easily climb out of bed complicating the issue further.
I hope you found these helpful. If you would like some more specific advice for your situation, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org