The Benefits of Sleep Training Your Baby

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As a parent, you want what’s best for your child. You want your little one to be happy and healthy, and to get the best start in life possible. So when it comes to something as important as their sleep, you naturally want to do everything you can to help them get the best night’s rest possible.

And that’s where sleep training comes in. I hear so many parents say they’re not sure if they should sleep train their child, or if it’s even the right thing to do. 

Sleep training can seem daunting, and, indeed, it isn’t always easy. But I can tell you from experience with my children, and with all of the parents and children I’ve worked with, that it is an incredible tool to have in your parenting arsenal. Sleep training can provide your child (and you!) with so many benefits.

What is Sleep Training?

Before we get into the many benefits of sleep training, let’s first take a step back and define what sleep training is, exactly. It is the process of teaching your child to sleep through the night without needing you to be there to help them fall asleep or stay asleep.

Training your child to sleep can be done in a variety of ways, but most commonly it involves some form of “fading” or “extinction.” This means that you will still be present in the room with your child as they fall asleep, but you will no longer provide them with any physical or verbal assistance to help them sleep. Over time, as your child learns to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own, you will slowly begin to phase yourself out of the room. Sleep training can take days, weeks, or even months, depending on your child’s age, temperament, and sleep habits.

The Benefits of Sleep Training for Baby 

Now that you know what sleep training is, let’s get into some of the many benefits it can provide for you and your child.

Promotes Better and Longer Sleep

This is probably the most obvious benefit of sleep training, but it’s also one of the most important. A good night’s sleep is crucial for your child’s health and well-being, and sleep training can help them get the rest they need. It can also help your child sleep for longer stretches at a time, which is important for their developing bodies.

Helps Reduce Nighttime Waking

Another common benefit of sleep training is that it can help reduce the number of times your child wakes up during the night. If your child is used to being rocked or nursed to sleep, they may expect (and need) that same level of assistance every time they wake up in the night. Teaching children to sleep on their own can help them learn to self-soothe and fall back asleep independently, which can help reduce the number of nighttime waking episodes.

Improves Mood and Behaviour

In addition to promoting better physical health, training your child to sleep can also improve your child’s mood and behaviour. Studies have shown that sleep plays a crucial role in the development of young minds. Sleep helps to consolidate memories, boosts brain power, and supports mental and emotional health. All of these things are incredibly important for your child as they grow and learn.

Increases Baby’s Ability to Self Soothe

As I mentioned before, one of the benefits of sleep training is that it can help your child learn to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own. This is an important life skill for all children to learn, but it can be especially helpful for those who are easily agitated or have difficulty settling down at night.

The Benefits of Sleep Training for Mama & Family 

Sleep training can also provide a much-needed break for exhausted parents. When you’re up all night with a fussy baby, it’s tough to function during the day. Getting some extra sleep can help you feel more rested and less stressed, and can make it easier to handle the demands of parenting.

Properly training your little one to sleep can benefit you in the following ways:

Improved Mental Health

Just like healthy sleeping patterns can improve your child’s mood and behaviour, it can also have a positive impact on your own mood and behaviour. When you’re well-rested, you’re more likely to be patient, present, and attuned to your child. You’re also less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Better Physical Health

Sleep deprivation can take a toll on your physical health as well. When you’re sleep-deprived, you’re more likely to get sick, and you’re also at a higher risk for accidents and injuries. Getting enough rest can help you stay healthy. 

Improved Relationships

When you’ve lacked sleep, it’s tough to be the best version of yourself. You may find yourself more irritated at your partner or withdrawing from social activities. Getting enough sleep can help you maintain healthier relationships with the people in your life. Plus, when your child is sleeping through the night, you and your partner will have more quality time together. This can help you feel closer to one another and foster an even stronger relationship.

Improved Family Health

When everyone in the family is well-rested, it can make a big difference in the overall health of your household. A healthy-sleeping family is less likely to get sick and more likely to have the energy and patience to take care of each other.

For families with more than one child in the household,  sleep training can also help promote a sense of equality and fairness. If one child is up all night, it can be tough on the rest of the family. But if everyone is getting a good night’s sleep, it can help create a more balanced and harmonious home life.

Sleep Training: Where to Start?

Now that you’ve understood how sleep training can benefit both you and your little one,  you’re probably wondering how to get started. It can be a bit daunting, but there are a few things you can do to make the process a little easier.

If you decide to move forward with sleep training, I encourage you to learn more about The Well Bebe Method Plus, my step-by-step sleep training course for new parents. The course teaches you how to create a successful routine for baby, including how to begin sleep training and go through proper techniques to help lay a healthy sleep foundation. Of course, if you don’t believe in sleep training, you will still find my Well Bebe Method program helpful where I teach sleep essentials for babies.

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