Top 10 sleep training mistakes you can avoid by hiring a sleep trainer in NYC

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Almost everyone knows what sleep training is but all parents have their unique approach of what it should entail.

Sometimes parents feel terribly guilty about sleep training. The reason is that they have tried sleep training for a bit and encountered a great deal of resistance. Very often sleep consultants talk to parents who have tried various techniques, failed and quit, losing faith in the process.

This type of heartache and anguish is totally avoidable and unnecessary. To understand where they are going wrong and what mistakes they can avoid, first let’s establish the meaning and purpose of what we broadly call ‘sleep training’.

It can be generally defined as a set of behavioral methods that parents and physicians may use to help children fall and stay asleep.

Some infants do this quickly and easily but many others have either trouble falling asleep or getting back to sleep when they have wakened. And this means they need help along the way.

1. Beginning to train at the wrong age

Self soothing is a necessary part of sleep training. But infants only learn how to self sooth between 4-6 months of age. Ideally, you must start around 6 months but starting a couple of months early can help.

Earlier than that, all you need to do is follow the child’s natural cues.

2. Not establishing a bedtime routine

Many sleep consultants and trainers differ on several approaches. Yet, if there is consensus on something, it is establishing a bedtime routine.

Creating a bedtime plan and routine will gradually help your child feel safer and recognize the cues. Consistency is key here. This means same time, same routine and same habits no matter the season, weekday or weekend.

3. Disturbing your child’s environment

Doing anything that disturbs your child’s environment is not going to help. For example, potty training or changing food patterns at the same time as sleep training.In fact, if you have just recently stopped co-sleeping, it might be a bad idea to start sleep training immediately. Wait for some time until the child is ready for you start sleep training.

4. Continuous night time feeding

From six to nine months onwards, most kids don’t need additional calories at night. One common mistake that parents make is that of feeding the child several times in a night. If you are feeding your child multiple times in the night, you need to stop so that both you and your child get some quality sleep.

5. Not sleep training for naps and nighttime sleeps

Often parents mistake sleep training to be a process used only for nights without training for naps simultaneously.

As mentioned earlier, consistent behavior is key to sleep training and a child will not distinguish much between assisted sleeping and unassisted nighttime rituals, eventually falling back to the same patterns. Establishing the same plan and process for all sleep – both daytime and nighttime will help you find long term success.

 

6. Doing everything yourself

Parenting is hard. But parenting in the modern day and age with the added stress of urban lifestyles is harder. Sadly, you don’t have superpowers to do it all and you need to seek support from your partner, your parents, your siblings or friends, help that will make it easier for you to cope.

Alternatively, you can also speak to a sleep trainer in NYC to help you chart out the right plan, guide you through it and ensure 100% sleep success.

For instance, Dream Team Baby Sleep Consulting are a team of successful sleep trainers and consultants in New York who have counselled hundreds of parents through this challenging phase of life successfully. They offer various kinds of sleep coaching, consulting and training services depending on parents’ needs.

To anyone who’s struggling with these challenges, one last bit of advice. It may seem difficult but you can say no to sleepless nights and take charge of your child’s sleeping patterns by avoiding these common mistakes and roping in some expert help.

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