Every year nearly 70,000 babies are born in the Greater Toronto Area, which means there are about 140,000 really tired parents zombie-walking their way through the day right now! If you are one of them, you may feel like a restful night’s sleep is a thing of the past. No new parent gets off scot-free when it comes to sleep disruption, but there are a lot of things you can do to help your baby, and ultimately yourself, get much needed rest.
Sleeping Baby = Sleeping Parents
It seems like a simple theory, more sleep for your new baby means more sleep for you. If only it were so simple in practice! The internet is a wonderful place, but there is SO MUCH information that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Many of your friends, family and coworkers will have all kinds of helpful – and often contradictory – advice. They mean well, but YOU are the person who knows your baby best.
When you’re trying to help your baby learn to sleep through the night, keep a few things in mind:
- It takes about 12 weeks for your baby’s natural sleep clock, or circadian rhythms, to develop. Most parents report a marked improvement in baby’s sleep at around the three month mark, so if your baby is younger than that, hang in there! You may just have to wait it out.
- Taking good care of yourself can help you feel more rested, even when you’re not. Practice good self-care habits as a way to “fake it until you make it” into a good night’s sleep.
- BACK AWAY FROM THE GOOGLE! OK sure, it may be what led you here, but there are so many sleep articles that read like a long list of THOU SHALT NOTS, it’s easy to get discouraged. Follow a general schedule of wake, eat, play, sleep and we promise you, and your baby, will be just fine!
Get Sleep Help Now
There may come at time when you have read the entire internet and all the baby books in the known universe too. You may still believe your baby is the exception to every sleep rule, ever. YOU are fine! YOUR BABY is fine! It just may be time for a little objectivity in the form of a professional sleep consultant.
That’s where the WeeSleep Dream Team can come in to save the day. Our Greater Toronto Area infant and toddler sleep specialists are located in the city, and in Burlington, Georgetown and Oshawa. Local help is only a phone call away. If you’re not feeling up to getting the house ready for an in-person visit, we can arrange a consult on the phone, or via Skype or FaceTime. Don’t settle for less than the whole family getting all the sleep they need!