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It has been a long day, but, try as you might, you just can’t seem to get your fussy baby to sleep well, and you just know that that is going to end up with him being cranky tomorrow. So, you are thinking, what about a baby sleep training plan?
But… What about those myths?
There are so many superstitions and beliefs passed down from older family members when it comes to babies (just like pregnancy). And that is causing you to be on the fence about baby sleep training.
Well, today, there are updated sleep training methods that go against those traditional beliefs. And I, as a baby sleep specialist in Singapore, am going to break down some of the popular myths for you. .
Myth #1: I have to keep my baby up all day
Many believe that babies are not sleeping at night because he/she sleep too much during the day. So, sleep training a baby would mean keeping the baby up all day for better sleep at night.
This cannot be further away from the truth. Babies actually go into a hyperactive mode when they lack sleep. Forcing a baby to stay awake during the day will only make a crankier and fussier baby at night.
Myth #2: Sleep training takes a long time
This can be true and false. Every baby is unique, and their response to sleep training will be different from one baby to the next. Depending on the baby, it can take from a couple of days to weeks. My firstborn responded positively to sleep training on the third night after we started, which is relatively quick, but it could have taken longer. So, if you do want to try out sleep training your baby, you need to be prepared to be in it for the long haul.
Myth #3: Sleep training allows you to take a break whenever
Sleep training a baby in Singapore is a fairly new practice that many parents may not have even heard of. Now that you know that sleep training may take a while for some results, it is crucial to remember that consistency is key.
Yes, it can be tiring, this is no lie. However, when we have a baby sleep training plan in place, keeping to it makes all the difference. If we take a break whenever we like, it confuses our little one and that erases all the hard work and effort put in before.
Myth #4: Sleep training is the same as the Cry-It-Out method
Sleep training is actually a combination of methods that are tailored to each baby, and more research is being put into finding out gentler approaches in helping babies sleep. There is no one method in sleep training.
The cry-it-out method is a rather outdated method that does seem quite cruel. Imagine allowing your precious baby to cry himself to sleep. It breaks our hearts, doesn’t it?
Myth #5: Baby will sleep through the night every night after sleep training
Sleep training is not a miracle method. It is an ongoing process where parents monitor their baby’s sleep and work together with a consultant to design an updated plan as their baby grows and develops. So, no, there is no guarantee that our babies will sleep through the night every night after sleep training. Babies are not robots that we can program after all.
Myth #6: Sleep training is harmful to children in the long run
There is no evidence to support the belief that sleep training is harmful to children in the long run. On the contrary, there are studies that prove how effective sleep training is in assisting both babies and parents get more sleep. However, this does not mean that parents should be pressured to sleep train their babies. If one method works for you and your child, great. If not, trying out the other method may help. It all comes down to a baby’s response and how things work for your family.
Be Careful with What You See on the Internet
Sleep training is often given a bad reputation thanks to false information shared online. More often than not, information from those sources do not have science backing them and are simply shared in communities. It may come from a good place, but it always pays to be wary of what you read online.
The best way to get your facts right about sleep training baby in Singapore would actually be through a specialist like myself. So, if you are interested in trying out infant sleep training in Singapore, or just want to understand more about it, feel free to contact me for a free 15 minutes discovery call.