Bear with me on this one. I promise it includes a valuable story. In fact, it’ll probably be one of the most important posts I’ve ever written. The main take home message here?Read the fine print!It is really, really easy to be misled into believing a potentially dangerous product is safe for your baby.
Often times I will get clients who mention on the Intake Form that they have tried EVERYTHING! They have tried the chair method, timed checks, extinction. Nothing works! They start to convince themselves that their child is just different and doesn't require as much sleep or is too stubborn to change or can't handle it.
In this society, the norm is ...shirts that say, "But first coffee." ...a typical response if you have a brain fart before 10AM is to say, "I haven't had my coffee yet!" ...a quote to get you smiling in the morning on the Gram (I think that is what the cool cats call it.) reads something like, "A yawn is a silent scream...
When you can understand the why behind something it often allows you to make the changes necessary to see progress. Read about why it is so difficult for children to fall asleep for nap time if they fall asleep even for five minutes prior to their usual time.
One of the most frustrating parts about sleep training can be naps. Often times, nights come together rather quickly, but then naps seem to be make no progress. After a few rough days of short or no naps, parents start to feel defeated and begin to believe that whatever they were doing is not working and that their child will never change.
You have packed your bags, chosen a travel time best for your child's schedule, considered how to adjust to crossing time zones, and made the trek to a destination that you will call home for the next week or so. We have one more topic to cover. The sleep environment during your stay!