My Take On Sleep Training
While thinking of subjects to write about, I kept thinking about some parenting help I currently need: Juliette growing out of her mini crib - what now?! We just found out that Juliette is allergic to penicillin - how to deal?! I've bought Juliette three new bathing suits for summer and its going to be twenty degrees on Wednesday - okay this is something I don't see being fixed any time soon...
I can't give any advice on any of the above (except don't go near the Target toddler swim section), but instead focus on what Juliette is a master at: sleeping. Juliette kills is in her crib. Oh wait, for some reason we are in a circumstance that she needs to sleep but not in her crib? She slays. She is the best sleeper in the Brooklyn and I'm going to take some time to brag about it and give some unsolicited advice.
Step 1: Buy books, and make sure your partner reads them so everyone is on the same page. I read out loud during a road trip which I recommend if you are on the move. The two books we based our "sleep method" on are : Twelve Hours of Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old, and The Contented Little Baby.
Step 3: Don't give up! It's SO worth it.
Step 6: Have your kid take naps out of their crib at an early age. Go to a hotel, have them sleep in the car, do a nap in the stroller, on a plane...just so they don't NEED their exact crib, room, etc. to sleep. This way you can travel and do naps on the go if you're in a bind.
P. S. I am obviously not a baby sleep therapist or expert AND Juliette will still get up early or wake up and need a middle-of-the-night cuddle. This is just my take and I feel that our "method" has worked for us and our baby! I also have a million adorable cute photos of my kid sleeping (doesn't everyone?!) and this seemed like a great place to post.