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  • Megan Robert

MYTH YOUR CHILD WILL SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT WHEN THEY ARE READY

EPISODE 11 OF THE AFTER THE STORK PODCAST


If you have not yet listened to the last episode, Episode 10 - Should My Child Be Sleeping Through the Night, I would encourage you to do so prior to listening to this one as that episode is a precursor to this episode. It dives into the nature of sleep at night to help you better understand realistically what to expect, how we define STTN here in this Stork Community, and five indicators of whether or not your child could be STTN if not doing so already.


This episode is sort of a continuation of episode 10 in that we are going to discuss STTN more, but from a different angle. This episode is about the myth or misconception that a child will start STTN when they are ready.


Again, if you have not listened to episode 10, pause this episode and come back when you are done. If you have listened to episode 10, then let’s continue!


So something I have noticed as a common response to parents reaching out for support with their child's sleep in various communities is something along the lines of, “What you are experiencing is normal. Your child will start sleeping better or through the night when they are ready.”


Can you imagine being so exhausted that you are reaching out for tips and advice, and this is what you get?!


Perhaps you can because that individual is you! I can only imagine how hopeless and defeating this must make a parent feel.


And I think the most frustrating thing about this for me is that a majority of the time when someone responds this way, they fit one or more of the following descriptions.


One, they have a certain parenting philosophy that would be against any type of sleep training.


Two, they have no education about the nature of sleep.


And/or, three, they themselves are struggling with their child’s sleep.


Sometimes following up their comment about it being normal by something like, “My child is two years old and still wakes up at night needing my assistance.”


A very unhelpful response for someone who is hanging by a thread and needing some sort of advice to make things better. Perhaps a response that leaves them struggling for much longer than necessary.


So what is the truth?


Well, for some babies, yes, they might naturally start sleeping through the night on their own. But that is usually because the parents have set up the components that allow them to do so. Some parents do this with intention while others just get lucky by doing things that help.


And sometimes? The baby is just a laid back and easy going baby!