Sleep Training...there are SO many opinions out there about sleep training. I’m not writing this to shame anyone. I do not think that my opinion is the ONLY correct opinion. I just want to share MY reasons for sleep training MY babies. Having babies that sleep well has been such a blessing to me, as a mom, and I want to share my reasons with you.
If you are against sleep training, guess what? That’s ok. I respect your opinion. And this article probably is not for you. If you LOVE sleep training, read on and enjoy. If you are on the fence about how to handle sleep with your new baby or soon to be baby, read on. I hope that this article encourages you.
Like I said earlier, there are so many different opinions out there regarding sleep training. Of course, when I was pregnant with my first I wanted to have a ‘good sleeper’. So I spent lots of time reading lots of different opinions about sleep training...and, let me tell you, there are some STRONG opinions. I took different approaches from different places and made my own ‘plan’. Really, I just purposed to teach healthy sleep habits from the very beginning. While I do think that my approach to sleep training has played a huge role in the happiness of my family, I realize that it is not for everyone. BUT, here are MY reasons for sleep training:
WELL RESTED BABIES = HAPPY BABIES
When you have a bad night sleep, how do you feel the next day? Tired? Grumpy? Not ready to be sociable? Yep, that’s how I feel, too. AND I think that’s how babies feel also. A tired baby is a grumpy baby. End of story. When you teach your child to sleep, you are helping set them up for success. Now does this mean that every single day they will be the happiest baby ever? Of course not, but it does mean that there is a better chance of them being the happiest baby ever. I firmly believe that the reason BOTH of my kiddos were/have been happy babies is because they sleep well.
ROUTINE BRINGS CALM TO CHAOS
I do not know if this one is more for me or for the kiddos, but there is just something about knowing the plan that brings calm to our house. We have a bedtime that we try to stick to, and, let me tell you, how calming it is to know that at 7:00 the baby is going down for the night (PS-He’s crying as I write this at 10 PM--gotta keep me humble!). My point is, a regular routine helps us to have consistent nights of good sleep. We do not go into the night wondering how many times we will have to get up, but we go into the night looking forward to getting the rest and sleep that we need.
SELF-CARE IN ITS FINEST FORM
Self-care is such a huge topic these days amongst young moms. I’m glad. I’m all about self-care, and, in my life, sleep training has been that BEST form of self-care for myself. I have time to take a shower every night after the kids go down. I have time to wake up BEFORE they do to have some time to myself...I spend this time with a cup of coffee and a quiet time. Of course, there are days this doesn’t happen, and those days remind me just how important it is to have that time in the mornings.
I’M ABLE TO HAVE TIME WITH MY HUSBAND
My husband and I are able to spend time together. If our kiddos’ sleep was all over the map, we would not have consistent time to invest in each other. Marriage is hard. It is harder after kiddos enter your world and take up 99% of your time. So, after the kids are in bed and the kitchen is clean, we get to hang out...even if all we do is watch Designated Survivor and go to bed before 10!
SLEEP MAKES ME A BETTER MOM
Lastly, sleep makes me a better mom. I have never done well on little sleep. I NEED sleep. When I am rested, I am a much better mom. I have the energy to invest in my little ones, and I have the energy to accomplish the household tasks I need to accomplish to keep our house running smoothly FOR our little ones.
In short, sleep training helps all of us thrive. It has been the BEST thing for our family. I do not regret one second of teaching my kids how to sleep well.
Did you sleep train your kiddos? Leave a comment with how it has blessed you!