The benefits of sleep training is simply exhaustive and it’s definitely not my intention to make the parents feel judged if they choose not to sleep train. To me, to each its own as I have always believed. I strongly think that as parents, we are just doing the best we can with the knowledge we got. I am not here to judge another parent for their choices but I am here to help if you need my help.
Just when you thought your baby is doing extremely well and sleeping through the night, napping well during the day and sticking to the routine you have set, then suddenly at 15 weeks everything you have worked so hard to achieve turns haywire! Your baby becomes hard to settle to sleep at night, with frequent waking and the day naps becomes short and unpredictable! What is happening and why is this happening all of a sudden? This is known as the 4th month sleep regression ( sometimes it happens at the 3 or 5 months ).
If you’re a parent and your’re baby won’t sleep and you are looking for sleep advice for your child, it can be a confusing endeavor. There are thousands of sleep resources out there. Just google and you will find lots of sleep tips and advice. One book contradicts another book and they never seem to answer the questions you have for YOUR situation. When you ask your friends and families for what they did, you will get so many different answers with various different personality types of children. It’s enough to make a tired parent go crazy!
In order to understand why your child takes short naps, first you need to understand your baby’s sleep cycle and her sleeping patterns. A child who continually takes short naps means he/she doesn’t know how to connect to their next sleep cycle when they wake up from one of their sleep cycle. A child’s natural sleep cycle typically last 30-60 minutes long.
8 years ago, my twins were born and nothing could have prepared me for their arrivals. Like any first time parents, I was excited and anxious at the same time. My husband and I bought two of everything (almost!) and we were ready to welcome them into our lives. Holding them both in my arms for the first time was a nice and surreal feeling. When we took them home from the hospital, we really didn’t know what to expect.
So you may not mind waking up at night for the night time feed because it doesn’t take too long for baby to nurse and then fall back to sleep. You wouldn’t want to change anything just in case he starts waking up more frequently. But what if I tell you that your 7 month old baby doesn’t actually need to wake up for those night time feeds anymore? Would you be able to stop the night time feeds altogether?