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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there going to be crying?
If your baby is younger than 3 months there is typically no resistance at all. If your baby does fuss at this age, it is because fussing helps your baby to get his energy out, and it is a natural, normal part of a baby putting himself to sleep.
If he is older than 3 months then he will probably let you know that he doesn’t like the new routine. This is normal and to be expected. Changing habits feel uncomfortable for a few days but the resistance is generally short-lived and after a few days you have a baby that is settling in nicely to a new routine. Disposition also plays a role in crying and a strong-willed baby is going to resist more than an easier baby. Just know that this is normal and while it never feels good in the moment it is generally very short-lived and on the other side of that resistance is a baby that has learned the valuable skill of sleep. That sleep is life-changing not only for you but for your baby.
I always do my best to minimize tears and help your baby get through the extinction burst as quickly as possible. I will give you a clear plan for how to handle crying and teach you how to balance comfort and reassurance with stepping back and allowing your baby to learn the new skill of putting himself to sleep. Your baby needs BOTH of these things and I will coach you so you understand what to do, when to do it and the WHY behind it.
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Am I sacrificing attachment if I decide to sleep train?
This is one of the biggest myths surrounding sleep training and one that needs to be addressed over and over again. Your baby is constantly being held, fed, rocked, worn, talked to, sung to etc. His needs are being met in a timely manner day after day. He lives in a loving home with loving parents. A few days of changing his sleep routine is not going to suddenly cause your baby to not trust you anymore or to detach from you. There is no science behind this at all even though I know it is preached strongly from certain groups. The science actually says the opposite. Babies that are rested actually have shown in studies that they have lower levels of cortisol than babies that are on a sleep deficit. Cortisol is a stress hormone.
Sleep deprivation is a stress on our bodies and after one night of less than adequate sleep our brains and bodies performance suffers. Studies have actually shown stronger attachment when both mom and baby are rested. Which is honestly complete common sense in my opinion! A mama that gets breaks during the day while her baby is napping and gets adequate rest at night is going to be in a much healthier state both physically and mentally to meet the needs of her young baby day after day. Not to mention simply being able to enjoy her baby without the burden that sleep deprivation brings.