I am SO excited about today’s guest, Missy Yandow. She is a sleep consultant – yes, the much sought after sleeeeeepppp. My newest little, Octavia, is finally starting to sleep in her bed/crib from about 10 pm to 2 am fairly consistently (yay!!), but I can certainly say I cheated on this one as I just recently started using her bed. These tips and tricks would have been extremely helpful to me with my son, Treyton, as a first-time mama. When I get a memory that pops up on my social media feed about how ‘wonderfully’ he slept (at 1-2 hour increments), I am stunned at my naive self. haha Hopefully you take away as much from this as me, and if it provides a little help, even better!
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Hello exhausted parents! As a baby & toddler sleep consultant, the number one complaint I hear is:
“My baby wakes up every 2 hours!” Or even worse, “My baby wakes up every time I put her down!” Some parents resort to sleeping on an air mattress in their child’s room or moving recliners and couches into the baby’s room, or just snoozing on the baby’s floor! Either way, this sounds exhausting and you and your baby deserve solid sleep so you can actually wake up refreshed and well-rested.
If this is happening to you, I’m going to help you pinpoint reasons why this happening as well as some tips to help your baby sleep longer stretches through the night.
There are many reasons why babies wake frequently throughout the night. Depending on their age, some of these reasons could be:
- Sleep regressions
- Mental and physical milestones
- Negative sleep prop associations
Going deeper into one of my aforementioned points, let’s talk about sleep prop associations.
Babies that have a strong sleep association usually have poor sleep patterns. This is because they are very dependent on these props and associations to help them get to sleep at bedtime and throughout the night. When that sleep prop or association is not readily available, they wake up completely in between sleep and begin to cry until they get their prop. This becomes a vicious cycle.
Babies who rely on sleep props usually:
- Will not go to sleep without their sleep prop
- Takes short naps, usually 30-45 minutes
- Wakes up frequently at night, usually every 1-2 hours
Eliminating sleep props and teaching a baby independent sleep is the cornerstone to improving a baby’s sleep. When they are very reliant on these props and experiencing sleep troubles, as the parents, you will be the ones to teach your baby to self-soothe by implementing sleep training techniques.
For my top four PROVEN tips to help your baby sleep through the night, download my free baby sleep guide!
Missy Yandow here and I have always been passionate about early childhood education. Currently, In addition to being a sleep consultant, I teach music and movement classes for ages 8 months to 3 years.
I’m a mom of 3 under 5; a 1-year-old, 3-year-old and 4-year-old. As our children get older, my husband and I can’t wait to share our love for adventures with them!
I became a mother for the first time in 2013. It didn’t take long for me to realize that a well-rested baby is a happy baby. Since then, I’ve been passionate about babies, kids, and their parents getting the right amount of sleep. When I realized that being a sleep consultant could be my career, I wanted to get started right away! Join me over at My Goodnight Train for sleep services, sleep guides, and to follow my blog!
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