Before having a child, the fountain of hope springs eternal for all areas of potential stress, trouble, or mischief. Every parent knows there are hard parts, but every new parent still thinks their child will be different, or more relaxed, or (I hate to say) better than other kids.
The plans made in the period between finding out you are pregnant and parenting your child are often modified, or changed completely! One of the areas you can never quite wrap your head around when planning for parenthood is sleep.
Sure, the stories of sleep deprivation are prevalent. And yes, almost every style of night parenting is criticized by someone. That is part of the reason the western world is seeing a surge of professionals that help families with sleep.
Parents Sharing Options
There have always been people who've known about child development, styles, and methods for getting babies to sleep. However, we argue the rise of parenting with the internet has led to increased use of sleep experts, and it’s helping! Families share experiences that yes, they are struggling with sleep too, and look, you don't have to figure this out on your own!
Change of Family Dynamics
Culturally, we have been living independently of natural support systems for a relatively short time of our human history. Historically, as creatures who need other humans to ensure our success as a species, we have tended to have tribes and literal villages of support when babies are born. That meant that there were extra hands, generational wisdom, and help to get children accustomed to the life patterns of a family.
For most Americans, we do not have extended family living under the same roof or nearby. Moreover, especially in the Washington DC area, people are relocating to the beltway and beyond for work opportunities, leaving potential support behind.
The Myth of Having It All
It may be hard to hear from us, but we know many who are entering parenthood are raised with the idea that they can have it all. "Work and life balance," and all that jazz.
There is no balance, there is no having it all, and there is no way parents can ever live up to the expectations that media and the world place on them. Usually, about the time parents are coming out of the fog of the first weeks/months with their newborn, the visitors tend to stop coming. The meal trains have ended. Parental leave is about to be over.
The reality of leaving your baby-filled months and returning to work, for many, is the impetus to figuring out a plan to help their child learn how to sleep well. So we're here for you. We know it's hard. And we are ready to help.
A standard recommendation is to speak with a pediatrician to get help with your child’s sleep. We agree…to a point. We know that ruling out any medical reason for why your child may be having sleep trouble is essential. However, many pediatricians are not able to give families the time, detail, or nuance necessary for a parent to feel heard and confident moving forward.
Sleep experts work with your pediatrician, not against them. We want the safest possible recommendations, and we want you to feel you have the freedom to ask all the questions you have as they arise, and not be limited to what can be covered in a 15-minute appointment.
Bliss Sleep Co.
We understand all these factors that enter into why more and more families are willing to hire a sleep expert. We also know that the idea of hiring someone to help a child sleep may seem ridiculous. We get it. We do. The story is that you should be able to do this on your own.
We know that what we are offering families isn't merely a child who is sleeping through the night, but an entire family that is well-rested — a whole family who can function better, and with more compassion. Ultimately, a family that can connect more fully during the day, because they aren't spending resentful hours dreading wake-ups, crying fits, and endless walks trying to sooth a wide-eyed babe.
Ultimately, sleep experts exist because many families need their help. We are delighted to be a trusted expert to help you when you need it most.