Groundhog Day 2008.
At that time, my youngest was 6 months old and still waking 3 or 4 times during the night. I dreaded sundown. Feeling like everyone else in the world was going to get a good night sleep, except me. It felt like I was living Groundhog Day…sleepless nights following by sleepy days. It was a never-ending cycle. Every. Single. Day.
(Can you hear the pity party music playing in the background?)
For some reason, we stumbled along like this for almost 10 more months. Why?
Because I thought this was a phase. That every parent goes through this sleepless time in their child’s life. BUT, as an expert on sleep, I now realize that I was incorrect. A study just came out in January 2012 published by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that children who have sleep issues in infancy are three times more likely to have sleep problems 3 years later.
3 years is a LONG time to do anything, much less endure sleep loss?!
So back to my little guy. What I didn’t realize was that he just didn’t have the skills to fall asleep on his own. Hence the feeding to sleep, or rocking to sleep, or letting him sleep all night swinging in his swing! He needed me to send him into dreamland for every single nap and night waking, because he didn’t know how to do it on his own.
If you are living this right now, I want to tell you a little secret. If you teach your child how to be an independent sleeper, you will all start getting enough sleep. It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? If you haven’t done so already, sign up for my 5 tips on the homepage. That’ll get you started in the right direction. Remember to always put your little one down for bed AWAKE. This is so important. And send me your questions, so I can answer them here or on the Facebook page. If you feel that you need more support, give me a call for a complimentary 15-minute evaluation or sign up for one of my seminars.
There is no better time to start getting a good night sleep. It is the very best gift you can give to your child–and to yourself!