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  • Megan Robert

LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES ABOUT SLEEP TRAINING




Lies, lies, and more lies.


Whether myths, misconceptions, misinformation, here are some false narratives I hear about sleep training:


YOUR BABY WILL START SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT WHEN THEY ARE READY

Sorry, but this is not always the case.


I have parents come to me who haven’t had a full night of sleep after two, three, four years.


Of course. This could happen IF the puzzle pieces that contribute to sleep are in place.


For some parents, they have been proactive in placing these puzzle pieces either on their own or with the guidance of a sleep consultant. For others, they have done so without even realizing it.


BUT if your baby is struggling with sleep, this most likely is not the case for them. There are several different factors to evaluate that contribute to their sleep. They have no control over their sleep environment, when you decide to put them down for sleep, etc.


SLEEP TRAINING MEANS CRY IT OUT (CIO)

When it comes to sleep training, you’ve got options! Sleep training does not equate to CIO like people often think.


Yes. CIO or extinction is ONE option when it comes to how you will or will not respond when helping your baby with the ability to fall asleep and connect sleep cycles more calmly, easily, contently. However, rarely will I suggest that a family starts there.


Sleep training methods range from no involvement to moderate involvement to high involvement.


From my experience, my favorite options fall under moderate involvement. And here’s why:

  • Parents get to be responsive which often makes everyone involved feel more at ease.

  • They often end in amazing results within a week if not a few days.

  • The amount of tears shed typically dissipates within a couple of days.

But honestly? No matter which level of involvement that you choose, there is no one right way to sleep train. It’s gonna depend on several factors.


YOU WILL RUIN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR CHILD IF YOU SLEEP TRAIN

No! I see the exact opposite.