Does your baby or toddler wake up several times a night and need your help to fall back to sleep? Is bedtime something you dread every night? Is your baby struggling with short naps or early morning wake- ups? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it may be beneficial to the whole family to seek some guidance in sleep training (also known as sleep coaching). Now don’t worry; sleep training isn’t the awful, endless crying you may be thinking of.

Comparing the Terms: Sleep Training & Sleep Coaching

Often when parents hear the phrase “sleep training” they think of a very dated method called “cry it out.”  Sleep training has come a long way in the past several years and morphed into sleep coaching. In most cases the terms sleep training and sleep coaching are used interchangeably. Some still believe that the term sleep training is more strict and focuses solely on sleeping through the night. Whereas sleep coaching focuses on teaching parents about infant sleep and guiding baby to learn healthy sleep habits in a more holistic approach.

Surprisingly, sleep is a learned skill and infants need coaching to learn how to fall asleep independently. This is called sleep coaching. With extensive research and studies over the years, there are now multiple, gentle methods that are effective and can fit the needs of each individual, unique family. At Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny our sleep coaching families are matched with a certified sleep coach. The sleep coach works with the family to individualize a plan that works best for their situation and child’s personality. Our sleep coaches study each case in-depth to create a sleep plan that will be effective for their baby or toddler’s specific needs. That’s right; sleep coaching or training is for both infants and toddlers. And we are here to support you all!

Babies Can Sleep Through the Night

Consistent, healthy sleep is essential to everyone, including babies and toddlers. There’s a stigma that babies are supposed to wake several times throughout the night and that’s just how it is. But the truth is, babies that are out of the newborn age, are gaining weight sufficiently, and have been approved by their pediatrician to use sleep training methods, should have the ability to learn healthy sleep habits. They will carry these positive sleep habits with them into adulthood!

There are so many benefits to a good night’s sleep.

  • Cognitive and physical growth takes place in our brain and body while sleeping.
  • Our body removes toxins and heals while sleeping. That is why we are told to rest when sick.
  • Sleep also provides positive effects to one’s mood and behavior.
  • Rest for the body restores its energy.
  • Sleep begets sleep! An ample amount of sleep leads to good naps for little ones.

A Well-Rested & Happy Baby

A consistent bedtime routine and a baby that is able to fall asleep on their own can create an immense amount of peace within a household. Parents are often shocked at how much extra time they have at the end of the day when bedtime is no longer a struggle. Evenings are a breeze when parents aren’t dreading multiple wakings night after night. Additionally, after successful sleep training, daytime hours become more peaceful and productive when everyone has a healthy amount of the important sleep they need.  

If you think your family could benefit from the support of a professional sleep coach, reach out to the experts at Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny today for more info on how we can help you and your baby get the sleep you need!  Email us at info@bostonbabynurse.com if you have any questions.

About The Author

Annie | Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny | New Englands Best Nanny AgencyAnnie Getz attended nanny school in 2012 where she became a Newborn Care Specialist and Certified Professional Nanny. She is also a DONA certified postpartum doula as well as a DONA certified birth doula. Annie has a calm, nurturing demeanor and is educated in many things related to newborn care. Her goal is to leave parents feeling well rested and confident during their new chapter. At Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny she runs the Sleep Coaching Program as our lead Certified Sleep Coach.