Are you needing sleep guidance in your family? Hop over to Nicole’s Facebook page and read more about the packages she offers here. I’ll be back tomorrow to share a little Q&A with Nicole that includes some sleep advice we can all apply :)
The other week Max’s “nap” ended with me yelling in frustration and Max not sleeping. Not my finest moment. Actually, I’ve been having a few too many “not fine moments”. I strive to be a gentle parent – one who guides and nurtures. Not one who yells or loses control over seemingly small things. But, sleep and rest and a moment’s peace – I need those things. I need them to function.
While Jemma has seamlessly transitioned from bedsharing to her own bed and waking often to sleeping through the night, Max isn’t there yet. I believe part of this is due to his age and personality, but in my heart of hearts I know we’ve built a poor cycle with sleep, specifically naps. But how to fix it?
Now, I’m a researcher at heart, I know what book I’d start with to find some answers about sleep. But you know what? The last book I read was around the New Year – 10 months ago. So, yeah, a book isn’t really in my immediate future. But sleep for my Bubs. Yep, that needed to happen sooner rather than later. So … help?
I thought a sleep consultant might be a good way to go – someone who could guide me and give me ideas. But sleep consultant equals cry it out advice, right? Well, come to find out, not always. You see, I’ve done enough reading and research to know that I’m not supportive of crying it out or strict training. It’s just not something I’m comfortable with practicing in our family. I mean, I’m a bedsharing/cosleeping mama which is kind of the opposite of cry-it-out-sleep-in-your-crib-all-night-long. I feel like when it comes to sleep my role as a mama is to facilitate a safe environment and teach my children to love sleep as they grow, not overnight.
So anyways, when I found Nicole and read about her experience and training I sensed that she might be my girl. And then I read this, “I do not believe in just one sleep training approach, I believe in what the parent believes in; Their philosophy on parenting is mine. I work to support their style of parenting and will custom tailor a sleep plan to suit the child’s temperament, parent’s needs and concerns.” And I knew she could point me in the right direction. She could give me action items to implement to turn our naps into quality slumber and my frustration into a bit of productive mama time :)
Belly to Bean Sleep Consulting provided me with sleep advice in exchange for sharing our experience.
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