Remember the excitement you felt when first found out you were pregnant?
We were so excited that we immediately cleared out the spare room, painted a cute design on the walls, and each drawer was perfectly organized. I even remember sitting in my nursery chair one evening, dreaming about how wonderful it was going to be when he arrives.
When my son finally arrived, it was exactly as I imagined. He was amazing and I just couldn’t love on him enough. Then something changed.
He began to show signs of anxiety whenever he was left awake in his crib. My son had to be rocked, patted, or walked around and would wake every 45 minutes. This meant waking up about 8 times a night! My husband and I both have full-time jobs, so this was not ideal for us. All I thought was, “Will this be our life for the next 5 years?”
Most children who have sleep problems during their infancy will not outgrow those problems for 3-5 years. Could you live sleep-deprived for 3-5 years? I could not. Quite frankly, I did not want to. I know many parents who willingly suffered for that long and I don’t know how they did it. They are SuperMoms and Dads to me.
There is no judgement on how anyone parents. I am a firm believer in that parents already have enough stress and feeling the judgement of others should not be part of it. Parenthood is a special club that I am proud to be a part of.
I read all about the “pros” and “cons” of sleep training as well as many books on how to get your child to sleep better. Then I found the Sleep Sense Program and with help, we taught our son to sleep independently. After Night 2, he was getting a good night’s sleep, woke up happier and always with a smile. Mom and dad did, too! We couldn’t believe that we were able to get a full-night’s sleep, along with the comfort of knowing that our son was, too. We chose to make sleep a priority and a positive experience for our son.
Now, I am committed to helping parents teach their children to be independent sleepers! If you’re considering to make sleep a priority for you and your child, ask yourself these questions:
- What does your ideal day look like with your family?
- Are you willing to commit to a schedule/routine?
- If you have a partner, is your partner on-board?
- Are you ready to get your life back and get your child the rest they need?
Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me and how sleep training changed our lives.