Have you ever been told that the only way your little one will ever sleep through the night is to sleep train? Or that you can’t make changes to sleep without sleep training? Not true! You can make so many changes to your little one’s sleep and routine without leaving them to cry it out. Below are a few steps you can take to optimize your routine and get better sleep without sleep training.
Start with the Morning
Starting with a consistent wake up time can be very beneficial when looking to make changes to sleep, and help set your little one’s circadian rhythm. Establishing a consistent wake up time can help your baby’s body clock get started and the rest of the day will follow. It can be tempting to sleep in after a rough night, but getting up within around 30 minutes of the same time each day can make a big difference. This may not be for everyone, but if you are struggling with sleep, this is a great place to start!
Fill the “Sensory Tank”
Sometimes you may notice that your little one seems tired or fussy when they are actually just bored. If you change up their environment they may be instantly calm and happy and ready to explore. There may also be times it seems your little one is “fighting” sleep, when really they’re not tired yet. They just need a change of scenery or sensory stimulation. Fill this “sensory tank” during wake times so sleep can come more easily.
Stick to a Solid Routine
Creating a consistent bedtime routine can positively impact your little one’s sleep. You can start some sort of routine as early as you would like. This doesn’t have to be anything long or complicated. Create a routine that is predicable and calm, and helps your little one prepare for sleep. Bedtime should also be a time of connection to prepare for the separation of nighttime. The best routine is whatever works best for your family!
Book a Consultation
We can work on optimizing your little one’s sleep together through a 1:1 consultation. This allows me to see the full picture of sleep, as there are so many factors that can be impacting sleep. We can come up with a plan together to meet your goals and get your little one sleeping better! All while supporting attachment and following your instincts. There are so many changes that can be made without sleep training.
If you feel that sleep training is the only way, please know there are more options. You can absolutely make changes to sleep while still supporting love and attachment. Reach out to book a consultation if you are struggling, and we can tackle your little one’s sleep together!