My name is Sarah Catton and I am a certified sleep sense consultant. I was personally trained by the creator of sleep sense Dana Obleman, sleep sense has helped over 30,000 families with their sleep and I am here to help you!
I wanted to talk a bit about the bedtime routine, and the number one mistake parents make when they are creating a bedtime routine.
Now, if you go to any baby site on the Web, search “my baby won’t sleep,” or whatever you’re looking for in regards to sleep, almost every single site will tell you about the importance of a bedtime routine. So will I.
I think a bedtime routine is a crucial first step in creating predictability to your baby and teaching your baby that it’s time to make that transition from day into night.
Even adults have routines. We all do things in the same order before bed every night. Without them, we would feel a little anxious or out of sorts, and it would be harder to sleep. So it definitely is important, but there is one mistake that parents make.
Most of the time people skip right over that. “Oh bedtime routine, right, next,” because we’ve heard it so much, but the biggest mistake that parents make in that is that somewhere in the routine, the baby sleeps!
For example, you’ve heard the baby should have a bath, so you’re going to do a bath, you’re going to get jammies on, you’re going to read a book maybe, and then you’re going to do a feeding. There, right there, that’s the snag.
You feed your baby to sleep, either on the breast or with the bottle.
Most people turn off the lights when it’s feed time, get the environment nice and cozy and comfy, and then that’s your child’s cue that it’s time to start the journey into sleep. That is where you need to make your change. Of course feed your child in the bedtime rountine but make sure they stay awake whilst feeding and are put down into the cot awake.
That is how you start my sleep training program. I’ll teach you how to do that, but it’s also the number one way your baby is going to learn the skills she or he needs in order to become a great sleeper and start sleeping through the nights.
Recently I worked with a family whose 1 year old son just wouldn’t settle at night. Mom and dad whom both worked were up and down the stairs all evening, he was starting to wake their other children and the evenings were becoming an absolute nightmare. I just want my evenings back said mom! I would just be happy with a full nights sleep said Dad.
Here is their story in their own words:-
Leo was never a good sleeper, he had acid reflux and we fell into a lot of bad habits. When he turned 1 he had never slept for longer than 3 hours at a time. I was exhausted and at my wits end. I decided to try sleep train him myself but two weeks later I was no closer to getting a full nights sleep. I managed to get him to sleep in his own cot but he was still waking at least three times a night and his day began at 3am. Nothing I could do would get him to go back to sleep and now I was at breaking point. That’s when I asked Sarah for help. She assured me that she would have him sleeping through within a week and that’s exactly what happened. She gave me a step by step plan which I was comfortable doing and within three nights he was sleeping 11 hours. It was a few subtle changes that made all the difference yet I would never have known only for her expertise. I now have my evenings back and I’m getting a full nights sleep. Leo is also a happier little boy because he is better rested. Everyone’s a winner!
April and Toby
Contact Sarah’s Sleepyheads for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07793798523.