Mum shares how she started the sleep training process during pregnancy.
I’m only about 15 weeks pregnant, but I’m already starting to sleep train my baby. Sleep is so important to me that I can’t wait until he or she is born to begin the process.
“Here’s what I do: When I’ll want the baby to sleep, I lie down. So, say I plan for our baby to take a nap at 9 o’clock in the morning. This is the time I get in bed, and rest, or even doze off. Then I repeat this action throughout the day, at times I will desire for my newborn to sleep.
“In the middle of the night, if I have to pee, I just hold it. I don’t want my baby thinking 3 or 4 a.m. is an acceptable time to get up!
“Okay, before you jump to the comments section and declare that I am certifiably insane, rest assured that I AM KIDDING! But honestly, as mums and dads who are obsessed with the idea of perfect parenting, are we that far off from sleep training our babies in utero? (probably not!)
Melissa Willets shares on Baby Centre, “as a I prepare to welcome baby #4. I’m not really beginning the sleep training process in the womb. But I do plan to reread parenting and baby books to refresh my memory about the principles and practices behind the sleep strategy that worked so well for me before. And like the last time, I will focus on my baby’s sleep schedule from the start. Because to me, sleep is as important as all other aspects of baby care, from bonding to feeding.
If you are pregnant, why not start contemplating issues like sleep now? As the saying goes, it’s always better to have some plan, than no plan.
“Of course, we know things don’t happen like we expect when it comes to babies; just think about how a birth plan must take into account unforeseen challenges that can occur during labor and delivery.
“But starting to formulate a sleep philosophy during pregnancy sure saved me a ton of suffering the last time I had a baby, unlike the first two times, when I gave no thought to what I would do if my baby wouldn’t sleep for more than a few hours at a time for 8 months!”
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