Thinking about your life before kids, would you call yourself a good sleeper?
Do you find it fairly easy to get off to sleep at night?
When you wake during the night are you able to pretty easily drift back to sleep again?
The fact is being able to ‘self-settle’ (i.e.: to be able to get yourself off to sleep without any props or aids) is a skill that you’re not born with. Self-settling is something we need to learn how to do.
And that is what the Gift of Sleep program is all about.
Giving your child the gift of sleep is actually all about giving them the gift of being able to self-settle. And it is a gift – for them and for you.
It’s about putting your baby in their cot while they are still awake (but tired) knowing that they will be able to drift off to sleep without the aid of you or your partner patting them or rocking them or singing to them. Without you needing to breastfeed or give a bottle. Or swinging or wheeling them around in a pram. Or even having to re-plug a dummy six times during the night!
And when babies are able to get themselves off to sleep independently the benefits are far-reaching. It means that wherever they are (at a sleepover at Gran’s house or maybe on holidays in a travel cot) they can still drift off to sleep without you needing to lug sound machines or musical mobiles or even 50,000 spare dummies along with you.
For you this means peace of mind, relaxation, more sleep and a better life overall.
Elizabeth Sloane, Gift Of Sleep author: “When I explain all of this to parents they often ask me why I insist on waiting until a baby is six-months-old to start my program. Can’t we teach a 12-week-old these skills and restore sleep to the household a bit sooner?
I insist on six months (or at the very least that the baby weighs 8kgs) for a few reasons.
- Research tells us that a normal, healthy baby is perfectly able to sleep for 12 hours straight at night once they are six-months-old. At that age children do not need a night-time feed.
- By six months, a baby’s sleep patterns have changed and they are going into the heavier non-REM sleep first. (Younger babies tend to go into the lighter REM sleep initially, which is why they find it harder to go to sleep and then tend to be ‘light sleepers’.)
- By six months, a baby will have started solids (and some babies don’t sleep through the night until they have started solids. So it’s always a good idea to tick this milestone off first.)
- Also by six months of age, babies have had all their early vaccinations. Again, by waiting until six months of age, we can rule that out as a reason for them waking during the night.
The process is step-by-step and simple to follow.
There isn’t one single tactic that works, rather a combination of steps applied in a specific sequence over 3 nights.
It’s the exact same process I use on my in-home programs and the same system that has helped over 13,000 parents teach their babies a skill for life giving the entire family The Gift of Sleep.”