As mother’s, we are immediately buried with feelings of love and gratitude after our child is first born. But with this, comes loads of advice, suggestions, and information. It is usually given with the best intentions, but it is also overwhelming nonetheless. I can clearly remember all the times I heard “You should,” “You’ll want to,” and “You’ve got too.”
The complicated answer is NO. But the easy answer is, if your baby develops independent sleep skills, you would never know they are waking up!
The science behind Why Your Baby Will Never Truly Sleep Through the Night —
It’s a normal, natural part of the human sleep cycle to wake up multiple times per night. We’re all familiar with the various stages of sleep from our own experience. You might not be able to put a name to these stages, but you’ve certainly felt the difference between waking from a light sleep and a deep one.
One of the easiest, and most effective tools you can implement to get your child to sleep through the night is to establish a bedtime routine. It’s no secret that children thrive on routine, and a bedtime routine is one of the foundations for successful sleep. Choosing steps that are achievable night after night allows children to anticipate what happens next and ultimately learn that sleep is the final step.
This may be one of the biggest challenges you’ll face when you’re teaching your child those independent sleep skills. You have worked so hard at home on teaching those skills, but now you are about to put your child in someone else’s care for the day. Combining sleep training and daycare can be tough, but the good news is, it’s achievable. Sending your little one to daycare is not going to sabotage their sleep so long as you take the time to work with your daycare provider. Below are some great tips to help you do that in a way that will make this as easy and conflict-free as possible.