To Sleep or Not to Sleep

Sleep.  It is a precious resource no matter where you are in life, except maybe as a toddler and preschooler, they don’t seem interested in sleep, but that is a whole different story…

Lately, I have been chatting with some friends about sleep and babies.  And I feel for these mamas.  They have been led to feel they are doing something wrong as mothers because their little ones do not sleep through the night.  This, I am here to say, is totally not true.

Babies sleep when they will, how they will.  You know that phrase, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink?  Well, it is the same with babies.  As parents, we can give our children opportunities to sleep, but we cannot actually make them sleep.

When they are ready to sleep they will sleep anywhere.  In their carseat.  All the way through a noisy grocery store.  In their highchair.  In the babywearing wrap.  They will sleep.

All of mine slept really well, very young–for a couple weeks.  And then they were AWAKE!  Our solution?  To follow their lead.  I have to admit, I am a lazy mama.  I am no good at bedtime routines for babies.  I found swaddling to be useless, I didn’t want to train them to need music or a noise machine, so I took the easy way out–I have just let all of them nurse to sleep.  The vast majority of the time I could then transfer them to their cradle or crib to sleep, but often I could not…so then I sinned, yup, we co-sleep with our babies.

And you know what?  We all get sleep.  It is a beautiful thing.  They wake up again, they nurse, then we sleep again.  This has led me to never worry about when will they sleep all the way through the night.  They get to eat, I get to cuddle my baby. 

That is our no-cry sleep solution. 

Survive til you Thrive!

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