All right! You have decided to sleep train your child. Maybe it's because you are doing things differently with child #2. Perhaps it's because you need help to get through this part of your parenting journey. Maybe it is because you can tell your child is exhausted and you don't know how to help!
It doesn't matter why.
It matters that you know what you are going to do next. And if your family is ready to have a healthier relationship with sleep, then let’s get you prepared.
When your child is developmentally ready to start longer stretches of sleep and is medically capable of doing so, we want to welcome you to consider some of the supplies that can make supporting your child's sleep a little easier.
While you don't NEED any of the things we mention here, there are reasons why these supplies can help. We like to suggest:
A Personal Sleeping Space
While children can transition to napping and long stretches of sleep while room sharing, we recommend that your child has his or her own sleep space. There are all sorts of distractions that can interrupt sleep when sharing space with family members, and for your child and you, we recommend the calm and respite of an independent sleeping space.
Black Out Shades/ Curtains
There are many ways to distinguish "sleep time" from "awake time." One tool that helps to get babies into regular sleeping patters is the use of blackout shades on windows to allow for light and dark to help set your child's circadian rhythm - or the natural pattern of sleeping at night and being awake during the day.
Sound Machine/ White Noise Machine
This tool is two-fold. Having a noise machine is a way to help soothe your baby, as the shh-ing can mimic the noise heard while your child was still in-utero. The additional benefit of adding white noise to your sleep routine is that any auxiliary noises that could startle or wake your child from outside their sleep space are dulled inside the room.
Baby Monitor with Video
Having a video monitor is defiantly not required for your baby to sleep. However, it sure helps to distinguish the difference between the general grunts and squeaky noises your child makes while asleep, and the same sounds while awake. A large part of sleep training is teaching parents how to relax and let their child be awake while in their sleep space if they are not showing any signs of stress! Having a camera can help calm a nervous parent about what is happening on the other side of the door!
Using a sleep sack, or a wearable blanket, helps your little one feel more secure and cozy, which can help lower his or her cortisol levels, making going to sleep a bit easier. Once your child outgrows or out develop swaddles, moving into garments that allow for warmth, while also staying safe from suffocation, are essential. We recommend using sleeping sacks until your child outgrows them! They come in a variety of weights for cold or warm temperatures.
You, And Your Sleep Expert
The most important things necessary for sleep success is you and your sleep expert to be on board with clear expectations for your time together. Every family has come to the decision to accept help from an expert from a different starting point, with their own baggage connected to what is and isn’t supposed to happen. Working together with Bliss Sleep Co. means we hear you and your concerns, and we work with you to find what will be a good fit for you, for your child, and for the family.
Some have concerns about pacifiers. Some want to know about using lovies or security items. To have a night light or not to have a night light?! So many questions, and all of them can get sorted out as we work together.