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Tracy F.
Baby S.

Summary Tips and Follow Up Questions from Live Q&A on Sleep

Tracy F. 6 years ago

Thanks to those who joined us today on Facebook for our Live Q&A discussion on Sleep & Your Child with Caren & Jessica of BabySpace.  

They have kindly agreed to post some of their most helpful sleep tips here to summarize the discussion for those who missed it as well as answer a few follow up questions.  

Please note that sleep advice for your child is inherently personal and often requires a full sleep consultation to ensure you get the best quality advice for your specific situation.  We hope today was helpful and provides a good start on your journey to healthy sleep with your child. 

If you liked the discussion with Caren & Jessica, you can find them here on SoCalMoms as well as at http://BabySpaceLA.com.  They provide detailed and personal advice on a host of topics via their private consultations and Mommy & Me groups. 

Baby S.
Baby S. 6 years ago

Thanks again for participating in today's live Q&A on sleep.  It was interesting to hear the range of concerns that you brought up.  It reminds us how unique each family is and how sleep training plans need to be tailored to each family's needs.  That being said, there are some basic tips that we recommend to all families:

  • Remember to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics sleep safety guidelines.  You can visit a great website that the AAP endorses, www.healthychildren.org
  • Think about whether you, your partner and any caregivers are ready and are on the same page about your sleep plan. If you are ambivalent, your baby will sense this.
  • Think about whether your child is ready.  Developmental milestones, sickness, teething, etc can all affect a baby’s sleep.  Have realistic expectations especially if your baby is going through a challenging time.
  • Try and keep a consistent routine and schedule.  It’s important to have a wind down period with little stimulation right before bedtime.  This can include: bottle, book, song, massage, etc.
  • Place your baby down to bed drowsy but awake.  This will help your baby learn to fall asleep on his/her own and develop self-soothing skills. 
  • This process is emotionally and physically challenging so remember to take care of yourself.  Do something nice for yourself after your baby falls asleep. Teaching your baby to fall asleep independently is a gift for your baby and your family.