Every child is unique and may thrive on less or more sleep than another child so how do you spot a sleep challenge?
1. Does your child’s behaviour appear more agitated when the bedtime routine starts e.g. do they start to delay bedtime and make excuses stating they want to play, eat, drink get more toys out etc.
2. Is your child frequently waking in the night crying for you when they have outgrown night feeds?
3. Do you regularly have to sit or lie by the bed/cot until your baby is asleep?
4. Do you regularly take your child to bed with you as you have given up going into their room numerous times with no result?
5. Do you struggle getting your child to sleep at nap times?
6. Is your child’s eating or behaviour becoming a challenge?
7. Does your child have no mealtime or bedtime routine whatsoever and they are over 6 months old?
8. Are you finding that your evening is spent going backwards and forwards to your child’s room as they will not settle?
9. Is your child’s behaviour affecting your mood/ energy levels and you dread bedtime?
10. Are you struggling with understanding what is normal sleep and feeding behaviour for your child’s age?
All these sleep challenges may be related to common child anxieties, a change of environment or simply loosing that natural sleep skill they once had. Developmental milestones can trigger sleep disturbances at certain ages e.g. when gross motor skills start to develop. Some children feel lost when it’s time to sleep in their own bed after sleeping for so long with their parent’s, as this environment appears alien and lonely.
Parents often worry that their child’s sleep difficulties will not be solved. My sleep solutions are 100% effective when followed throughily. I aim to promote only solutions that are age appropriate, gentle, healthy and sustainable for the parent to ensure long term effectiveness.