The old chestnut raises it’s head once more – Controlled Crying. Why oh why are we still talking baby sleep training? Parents need Baby Sleep Learning (BSL). It’s a gentler way of helping babies sleep.
Parents need Baby Sleep Learning
There is little or no crying. It’s extremely gentle and promotes healthy sleep habits with no need to do sleep training. At all. Ever.
It’s a preventative health model.
In the UK working as a Community Specialist Nurse Practitioner I visited all new parents weekly. From two to eight weeks, for FREE from the good old NHS. Supporting parents, educating and helping them with baby sleep. I can count on one hand how many babies/children I sleep trained.
Fast forward to Australia 15 years later and how much sleep training? Way too much.
Parents don’t know about preventing sleep problems. Instead they are told to hold and feed to sleep and ‘do what you have to do’. Parents have a treatment model of health.
What sort of plan is that long term?
Some parents may want to hold and feed their babies to sleep, and that’s OK. But what if you were given a choice and another option? Would you like an option of a baby who could self settle?
Here’s an article worth reading on “The price of rocking your baby to sleep: Infants take note of what is going on as they drop off and then want the same thing”
I see many distressed parents, upset babies, relationship stress and postnatal depression. More than I ever saw in England and Melbourne (Australia) and it needn’t be like this.
When I started work in Community Health in NSW I was actively discouraged by my nurse manager from educating and helping parents manage their babies sleep. I was told “I had other things to do and I had to fill the form out, fax it off to sleep school (Tresillian or Karitane)”. I couldn’t believe it. I’d spent 3 years working in Melbourne in Community Health Outreach as an Enhanced Home Visiting Nurse and it didn’t happen there.
I find the crying of sleep training older babies distressing and it’s unnecessary.
This system is broken and it needs fixing.
I’m on a mission. And I’m going to give parents better options if they’d like them.
I’m busy writing my second book on sleep. It will be out very soon. My methods are very gentle and there is no controlled crying.
So if you need help what can you do right now?
- Follow me on Facebook if you haven’t already – https://www.facebook.com/NurtureParenting.BabySleepGuru/
- If your baby is under 3 months read the 16 pages dedicated to baby sleep learning in my ebook – Help I’m a new mum and I don’t know what to do.
- Get free advice by asking me a question during my frequent Facebook live sessions. Here’s a link to one of my recent Q&A sessions.
- Contact me for one on one help at https://nurtureparenting.com.au/contact-us/
- Have a read of the many articles on my blog with some you can start with below.