Sleep deprivation does not have to go on for months or years on end. It really doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to sacrifice your sleep in order to have a close, loving bond with your child. There is another option where you can BOTH get the sleep you deserve and strengthen your close, loving bond.
For children over the age of 6 months the main reason night wakings increase is not physical or environmental but emotional. There’s a video version of this post here if you prefer to watch. In our society we tend to numb or distract emotions. We’re not comfortable sitting with or holding space for painful feelings … Continue reading The main reason night wakings increase in children over the age of 6 months
I clearly remember what it felt like to be waking up 4, 5, 6+ times per night with my 9 month old (that was 9 years ago now!) and want to share the approach that profoundly changed things for me so it can help you too!
“The hardest part of my week is passing my daughter over to her dad (we are separated). She gets so upset, screams, cries and clings to me. He says she settles really quickly but I always feel awful and worry about it. How can I help my daughter?”
You may have heard that the ‘terrible twos’ are a phase and your child will grow out of it if you wait it out. Here’s why I don’t agree with this approach...
Parents often ask me how they can listen to their child’s feelings when they can’t talk yet or have limited language.