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Consistency is Key

Updated: Jan 1, 2023

It can be overwhelming finding the right sleep training method. It is important that you find the right fit for your, your baby and your whole family; something that you feel comfortable doing and can commit to.

When deciding on a sleep training or settling method you need to take into account:

  • Your current situation

  • Your sleep goals

  • What do you want to keep

  • Your parenting style

  • Your child's temperament

  • How long are you willing to commit?

In order for any changes to be successful, consistency is absolutely crucial! Starting at bedtime, when melatonin levels are at their peak is important, then continuing the consistency throughout the day with naps. It is also important that your decision to make changes is agreed upon by all care givers. All care givers need to be on board and committed to remaining consistent.

Making changes to sleep requires a lot of patience. Your child's age, temperament and the changes you wish to make all impact on how long it can take to see changes. Often parents are deterred due to how their child reacts to the changes. It's important to remember and understand that your child is now used to how they have been falling asleep for a period of time, they will be confused and often upset that things are changing.

Like anything in life, you won't see changes unless you are consistent. There is no point in trying to implement changes for a couple of days to only give up on day 4 or 5; or consistently implementing changes for naps and at bedtime but then not continuing for overnight wakings. Your little one will become confused as to what is expected of them and what happens when it is time for sleep or when they cry/signal that they need you. The will wonder why they are picked up or fed when they cry overnight but not for naps or at bedtime.

Inconsistency will only make the whole process take longer.

Both adults and children need time to practise and master new skills. Be consistent and patient, provide both your child and yourself with the time to practise the new skills (ie. self settling, not feeding to sleep, not rocking to sleep) in order to master it.

Be aware of the psychological phenomenon known as ‘extinction burst’. It often occurs around night 4 where people breaking habits revert back to old habits and you may feel like you’re back at square one. Don’t feel discouraged that the plan isn’t working, it is actually a sign that you are on the right track, keep going for a few more nights.

When making changes try and stick to it for at least a week. Making changes can feel very overwhelming, especially if you are doing it alone. The good news is, when you work with me and Sound Sleep, you're not alone. I will help you find the right method for you, your child and your whole family. I will be with you every step of the way, guiding you step by step, helping you troubleshoot any bumps in the road and setting you up for long-term sleep success.

Sleep doesn't have to be a struggle. Sleep deprivation doesn't have to be your new normal. You and your family can be sleeping better before you know it.

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