How much will my baby have to cry? Is there any way to avoid crying altogether?
These are the MOST common questions I am asked by families when we are beginning our work together - or when they are trying to decide whether sleep coaching is right for them. And, if you’re here reading this, I know that one of your biggest worries about sleep coaching may be whether your baby will end up crying too much.
I completely understand.
Is there anything worse than your baby waking early in the morning? Day after day can lead to some dreadful feelings of sleep deprivation and overwhelm - especially if you've also been awake throughout the night!
It's an hour before your alarm is to go off, but you and your baby have been battling going back to sleep for what feels like eternity. No matter what you try, they just won't settle back down into sleep. And you're so exhausted you find yourself dozing while rocking or feeding. Does this sound familiar?
If so, know that you are not alone. In fact, early waking is something I hear about SO often. And it can also be one of the most challenging baby sleep struggles to actually fix. That’s because there are many many things that go into an early waking - and they truly all need to be tackled at once in order to truly change your baby’s patterns. Let's take a closer look:
Short naps can be one of the most frustrating baby sleep troubles. If you're a stay at home mom, it can leave you feeling unnerved and out of control of your day to day activities. If you're working outside of the home, it can make it challenging for you to know how to time bedtime - or how to approach weekends and days off. No matter what, it's so tough to know what to do when naps are unpredictable and short.
I know this challenge personally as well since I’ve been a work at home mom (trying to work during nap time) since my babies were very little. But there are some very common reasons why your baby or toddler may be taking shorter naps. And understanding these reasons - and what you can do about them - can make a world of difference.
Let’s take a look at the most common causes for your baby or toddler's short naps - and what you can do to help them lengthen: