Hi friends!!! This Friday wraps up our New Mom’s series!! I want to say thank you for following along with us as we shared our hearts and experiences! If you missed the series…. here is a brief re-cap of what went down…. If you scroll a bit further down you will hear from Tara Williams as she concludes the series on the topic of sleep training!!
I am so honored to be part of the “New Mom Series” on Ruthie Ridley’s blog! This week, I’m sharing my personal experience with sleep training and some tricks and tips to help any of those new moms get their little ones sleeping sooner than later. So what qualifies me to write this post? I have three little ones who have all successfully slept through the night since about 6 weeks old. Brooklyn is 4, Lydia is 3 and Beckett is 20 months now. Having our babies sleep early was so important for our family because our children are all so close in age. So how do you get a good sleeper? Well, some of it is lead by the baby, but I am a firm believer it is predominatly parent lead. I have a friend who’s baby still will not go to sleep without being nursed at 15 months and another who’s baby will only go to sleep if he is sucking on HER finger.
Because Beckett is the youngest (and I can remember our experience with him best) I will talk about that. At four weeks we moved him from our room and let him sleep in his own crib, in his own room. I am convinced when a baby is in your room they can smell your milk and stay awake. Also, every move my babies made I would get startled awake thinking something was wrong. I specifically remember one night jumping out of bed and shaking Beckett because he was sleeping so peacefully, I thought he wasn’t breathing. The book “On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep,” was our guid. You would think we would have it down by baby #3 but I pulled it out the last few weeks of each pregnancy to refresh myself each time. The book is slightly controversial but the concept is simple and surrounded by getting your baby on a routine. Eat, Wake, Sleep is the key. We followed the schedule and woke Beckett at the same time every day, then began the 2 1/2 hour routine. I am more of a night owl than a morning person so we would begin our day at 9am with a feeding, a little play time then back to sleep. The cycle continues at 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm, etc. A big focus is to let your baby sleep on their own, this includes not letting your baby fall asleep in a swing or bouncer. I know for me it felt SO HARD to let Beckett cry in his own crib or to force him to stay awake after a feeding instead of just going right to sleep but in the end it was so, so worth it. You can do this moms! Feel free to email me with any questions if there was something I didn’t answer tarabrunetteambitions@gmail.
We teamed up with Modern Burlap for this post! Check out these adorable images with Tara’s son 🙂
I hope everyone has an absolutely amazing weekend!! Thank you for stopping by the blog!! Much love,