When I knew I was going to become a mom for the first time, knowing I would be away from most of my family, I devoured all the books I could find on pregnancy, birth, the newborn stage and beyond. It helped me feel more prepared overall, but everyone kept reassuring me that everything would be just fine…that my baby and I would settle into a rhythm – naturally. But not everything did come naturally. We needed help with feeding and tackling reflux, but, most notably, we needed help with sleep! As my little girl grew and her sleep did not improve, I was left alone and confused. With my “village” living so far away, I tried to fix things on my own for far too long.
But you don’t have to feel alone, tired and confused. Being part of The Baby Sleep Site®‘s sleepy little village helped me see I was not alone, and empowered me to tackle my daughter’s sleep problems once and for all. If you have a challenging sleeper and have not been able to improve your little one’s sleep on your own, read more here about how you can grow your village and get some help!
As the years have passed, I still ask myself why it took so long for me to get help with my baby’s sleep. It’s possible that part of me felt that I was “supposed” to be able to figure it out on my own, and that if I couldn’t, it meant something was wrong with me – or my baby! And, I absolutely did not want that to be true. In my mind it was okay that I needed the lactation consultant to help me with breastfeeding, and our doctor to help with reflux and eczema. But, when it came to sleep, my pediatrician told us to close the door and not go in until morning. My husband and I were just not comfortable with that. So, we read about gentle sleep coaching methods and tried some. Unfortunately, we had no idea what to expect and had no plan of action, and in the end didn’t see much in the way of results. It was heartbreaking and I was starting to lose faith.
I knew that we needed serious help, but it was a pretty big investment for us, and I was skeptical that it would pay off. Why was getting help from a professional consultant with my baby’s sleep such a difficult step to take when it hadn’t been hard to get help from my doctor and lactation consultant? I mean, when I got serious about losing weight I enlisted the help of a nutritionist. When I was having a hard time getting in shape on my own I enlisted the help of a personal trainer. When I struggled with moving past my grandmother’s death, I enlisted the help of a therapist. These knowledgeable professionals became a cornerstone of my support system… and my village. They helped me sort through the confusion that often paralyzed me – “should I eat carbs or should I not eat carbs?” And they helped me find solutions that were right for me, like complementing yoga with strength training.
When I finally took the plunge and got professional help with my daughter’s sleep, I wanted to kick myself for waiting so long. Having a real village of knowledgeable sleep coaching experts behind you who are there to provide guidance and support during the whole process; who help you pinpoint exactly where the issues are and how to tackle them; who help you set realistic expectations and stick to your plan of action; and who cheer you on as you succeed – was more than I ever thought I was signing up for. But I am so glad I did! I have learned that sleep does not come naturally to every baby – or even to most babies! And, just because our village of family and friends may be far away, we don’t have to face this challenge on our own. It is okay to reach out for help, and every exhausted family deserves the gift of better sleep. I consider myself SO lucky to be a Sleep Consultant now, and help tired families find their best sleep!
Have you ever felt alone in tackling your baby’s sleep problems? We would love to hear from you! If you are feeling alone right now, reach out and our village is here to help! The fact is that parents who hire us to create a Personalized Sleep Plan® for them have higher rates of success than those who attempt to go it alone. Why? Because our consultants bring decades of experience and insight to your consultation – we have worked with literally tens of thousands of families! All that experience combines to create a Personalized Sleep Plan® that is guaranteed to equal sleep training success. You can check out our consultation packages here.
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