When I was a new mother, I fell into the trap of believing the many myths perpetuating the idea that sleep training is the be-all and end-all.
I know how much stress this can cause – and so many of you have reached out to say that you’ve felt a huge sense of relief when I’ve addressed – and busted- some of these ridiculous myths. So here’s another big one I want to talk about –⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐝𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐮𝐩𝐬.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐅𝐀𝐋𝐒𝐄.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is where building in a variety of sleep associations is so key – if your child has multiple ways of falling asleep, you can dictate which associations are used each time. You DO NOT have to pick one association and use it each and every time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Your child is an adaptable human being – they can handle a variety of different approaches that suit their needs and yours, in the same way that you might with your own bedtime and sleep routines. ⠀⠀