Myths About How To Get a Good Night?

I wish to take this opportunity to throw some light on a few of the sleeping myths I have heard over the years that I have been a Sleep Consultant. So let us talk about these myths about how to get a good night sleep.

First Myth

1st Myth… Keeping your baby up longer at night, or longer between naps will encourage her to fall asleep faster and sleep better.

I can 100% say it is a myth. All that will happen by you keeping your baby up longer at either bedtime or between naps will result in an overtired child.

Second Myth to good sleep 

2nd Myth…Why is the result of an overtired child such a problem, sure they will fall asleep quicker?

Of this, the opposite is true. An overtired child will be fussy, cranky, have trouble feeding and take much longer to settle into their sleep. There is a much more likelihood of them now waking through the night and earlier in the morning and only have a very short nap.

Third Myth

3rd Myth….Your baby will sleep automatically through the night when she hits three months of age.

So this one is not 100% a myth, it can happen if you have set the foundations for healthy sleep skills early and your child is developing good self-soothing strategies. Then yes, you can usually expect them to start sleeping through the night by three months (providing they are healthy and developing well). So this does become a myth when your children that still rely on “props” to fall asleep. Myths about how to get a good night sleep continue

Examples of these are feeding/rocking/patting etc. Due to this, they will more than likely continue to wake through the night. The reason being is they have never learned the ability to put themselves to sleep, so they are unable to consolidate sleep cycles through the night. They will often rouse after a sleep cycle because they require a prop instead of using their skills to return quickly to sleep will cry out for their “prop” before they can go back to sleep.

Fourth Myth to good sleep

4th Myth….Letting your baby fall asleep while being held is a bad thing.

I know & understand it is a tough request always to allow them to use their skills to fall asleep when they are newborns, as they need to sleep so often. Making it almost impossible for parents to be out and about doing everyday life tasks, so they need to put their baby to sleep in the pram/car or carrier.

However, what I ask is that you be respectful of your baby/child’s sleep needs and whenever possible, allow them to try and fall asleep in their cot/bassinet. This being the best place that they are going to get their best quality sleep. I simply remind parents to remember just how difficult and often disturbed your sleep is if you have to sleep in the car or even when staying in a hotel room as opposed to your bed at home.

Points to consider for good sleep

So by always let your baby fall asleep in your arms, they are never going to develop their self-soothing skills. I like to remind parents that as your child grows, they get heavier. Although you will find it easy to rock a newborn to sleep in your arms, it is not so easy when they are 1, 2 or even three years old.

Fifth Myth

5th Myth….you should never wake a sleeping baby.

It is never pleasant to have to wake a sleeping baby. There is only one reason I would suggest doing this, and this would be to preserve a bedtime. The older your child gets their sleep needs to change, and sometimes too much daytime sleep (for an older baby or child) can harm bedtime and sleep through the night. However, the opposite is also t and overtiredness will also negatively impact nighttime sleep, so it’s best to err on the side of more sleep as opposed to less.

Sixth Myth

6th Myth…Daytime naps aren’t always needed.

Most children usually drop their daytime nap around the age of 3 – 4yrs old, as long as they are getting their 11-12 hrs of nighttime sleep. That said I have seen this happen as early as 2.5yrs, but that is unusual & not the norm. Before this age, though, a daytime nap or naps are crucial to prevent overtiredness and recharge their little bodies for the rest of the day.

Seventh Myth

7th Myth….By putting infant cereal in their bottle, you will fill her up, and it will help them sleep.

So, for very young babies, the length of time they can sleep for is primarily determined by how quickly their little tummies become empty after a feed. However, as your baby reaches the 3-6 months mark with an excellent healthy sleeping habit and good self-soothing skills. I suggest you introduce gently from birth. This will help your baby sleep for more extended periods. It is still essential to ensure your baby is well-fed and developing properly with the consolidation of proper nutrition throughout the entire day, making this more important than adding infant cereal to their bedtime bottle. I hope this helped you discover more about which of these are facts and which are myths about how to get a good night sleep.

All my programs take into consideration all the above myths and knock them on their head. I don’t use any of them in my programs.

I create a situation which is reflective of you as a parent and the temperament of your kid to ensure you are going to succeed with sleep teaching. Sleep coaching you through the program.  

If you have any questions for me about my programs or about how I could help you with your families sleep then please give me a call. I offer FREE 15 introductory call where we can chat about this and get to know each other better and if we would be a good fit for work together 🙂 

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