Help! I’m sleep-ob­ses­sive!

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Sanity Saver -

“If you are hav­ing trou­ble set­tling your baby or leav­ing him alone, think about what is stop­ping you from trust­ing him to sleep in­de­pen­dently,” says Emma. Your baby may be get­ting the mes­sage that it isn’t safe to sleep, while go­ing in and out of the room may be wak­ing him up. “If we see sleep­ing through as a de­vel­op­ment mile­stone, the re­spon­si­bil­ity is re­moved from us,” says Emma. “We can cre­ate a sooth­ing en­vi­ron­ment and a con­sis­tent bed­time rou­tine, but we can’t force a baby to sleep. Try­ing to do this can lead to frus­tra­tion for you and dis­tress for the baby.” Re­lax­ing our ex­pec­ta­tions can be a step in the right di­rec­tion. “For­get about how your baby ‘should be sleep­ing’ and fo­cus on what works for you,” says Emma. “Try to en­joy the sleepy snug­gles and night feeds when it’s just you and him.” Take it day by day and things will im­prove (hon­est).

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