One of the biggest questions that I get asked recently, is about my children’s sleep habits. It’s a parent’s great debate. What type of method did you use while they were a baby? how long should you co-sleep? what do you do if your toddler doesn’t sleep anymore? There are so many different opinions to all of our sleeping questions. But, one thing I know for sure is that every kid is different.
We have always been super open with you on how we used the ‘Cry It Out’ method with both our children. Yes, it was super hard, but then something clicks in their head, and they became babies who slept 12 hours a night like Poppy does now. Unfortunately, sometimes you still need to change up your sleep training as the kids grow.
Since Aubrey stopped being in diapers, we have had a lot of issues with his sleeping. With daycare napping him, which made him not go to bed until like 10:30 each night, mixed with the urge to pee walking him up in the middle of the night, we would end up having a very tired cranky boy in our bed by 3am (after his pee) and up for the day around 5am. That resulted in about 7 hours of sleep, if that. If you know anything about kids, you should know that their bodies need a good 12-13 hours of sleep each day/night to grow and digest properly.
Recently we decided to make a change. After an important specialist appointment ( I’ll fill you in later about), a meeting with our family doctor, and talking to a sleep specialist, we built a case to bring to Aubrey’s daycare on how he SHOULD NOT BE NAPPED AT HIS AGE. This resulted in a bit of an argument but ended at the right place. Once we got the bedtime back to 7 pm, we needed to fix the 3 am wake ups to pee. So, with the advice of a friend and confirmation from my parents having done it with us, we started waking Aubrey up to pee on our way to bed at around 10 pm. Just these two little changes, made it so that he now sleeps 12 hours and his mood is way more stable. HALLELUJAH!
But, because this is such a huge question so many of you have, I have enlisted the help of a sleep specialist who will be guest blogging at the end of the month, hopefully helping you with any of your questions. So, whether you have a newborn or a toddler, leave your sleep questions in the comments below and she will try to cover them all.
And above all, drink the coffee