It’s tough when you know someone is struggling, especially if they like to put on a brave face and aren’t used to leaning on others. From my own experience, I know what a wonderful feeling it is to become a mother. But I also understand how bewildering it can all seem while everything is brand new, no matter how much you read or prepare in advance for it. These days, I now have the opportunity to help make a difference for someone else. This story is about one new mother’s experience working with me, a sleep consultant, and how it changed her entire family’s lives.
The Sad Truth About Sleep Planning Misconceptions
I often hear, “I left my baby to cry for hours, but it didn’t work.” I cringe at the thought of false information being assumed or passed around that newborns should sleep through the night–and then families like these having to suffer the consequences.
But sometimes people misunderstand what Sleepwell Baby’s support and services entail, which can make new mothers reluctant to sign on.
What we do at Sleepwell Baby is support you and your child and prepare you in ways you might not have previously imagined (especially if you’re new to the science of sleep). I’ve seen time and time again how positively sleep planning can impact the lives of an entire family and it’s something that lasts a lifetime.
As for the mother in the following story, the package she chose was one of our newest packages at the time: the A-Zzzzz’s.
I really love how it’s designed to help new parents right from the get-go. It includes pertinent information to make smooth sleep transitions all the way up to five years of age, helping parents instill sleep skills that last a lifetime. The boost of confidence you get when you have the best information on how your newborn can get the best sleep can be huge! And you’re about to see why:
One Mother’s Experience with the A-Zzzzz’s Sleep Package
I encourage you to take the 5 minutes a day you deserve to read this, especially if you are sleep deprived.
I was a very stubborn and opinionated childless woman. Entering into motherhood really opened my eyes. I now feel more exhausted, of course, and yet somehow more patient at the same time.
I have learned that I will have to let somethings go, but am humbled to still be me under this new mom-bun I seem to be wearing a lot these days. If I had to choose between sleep and doing my hair, my choice would always be sleep. Funny how precious sleep becomes when you enter motherhood! I had heard so many stories of how extremely exhausting it was, but you can’t truly understand until you are living it.
I thought I would never see the light at the end of the tunnel until I heard about Sleepwell Baby. I can assure you that the stubborn side of me somewhat hesitated to reach out for help. Again, though, sleep deprivation changes one’s mind in a hurry. And while I will never regret my decision to get help for sleeping my child, I fully respect those who don’t believe in it. I have come to terms with the fact that not all I do as a mother will be approved by everyone.
I can pinpoint the exact moment I reached out to a consultant. I was lying on the couch, holding back tears, and praying I might fall asleep for even a minute while my more-than-fussy baby slept. In my particular case, I was a first-time mom with a colicky baby also struggling with reflux. I am not trying to complain that my life was any worse or better than any other mom. I simply want to paint you a picture.
I picked up my phone in desperation that day and messaged a consultant to get started. My baby at the time was seven weeks old. I heard a few times from others that my baby was too young and I was wasting my time, but I can assure you that was not the case.
I started with the A-Zzzzz’s package at nine weeks. I also planned to follow through with the second part of the package as my child got older.
For anyone who is really having a hard time, and if you are a first-time mom, I would highly recommend this package. I learned so many essential building blocks to move forward with the second part of my Sleepwell training that my success was unbelievable. My child slept through the night on only the second night! Although I didn’t have complete consistency with nights slept through in a row, over a span of a couple weeks and with patience, I eventually did.
My child now consistently sleeps through the night and I am living again. I know that everyone sits at home and has their days when they are hormonal and tired. I know you think there is no way to correct your baby’s sleeping habits. But that is completely false.
I had lots of family input, both supportive and not. I heard all sorts of things, like, ‘You were never sleep trained, and you’re fine.’ They also continued to tell me how tired they were and how co-sleeping was what everyone did. After seeing my results with Sleepwell I have heard only supportive things from them.
I just want to remind new moms that many opinions will be shared by family and non-family persons, and they aren’t always helpful. The stubborn side of me that stuck with my Sleepwell plan felt very content with my decision, and I was glad to have changed the minds of many unsupportive inputs along the way.
I have a very busy husband and he wasn’t able to always participate, so I’m happy to say that I was, more or less, able to do the program by myself. He can now put our child to sleep with no issues because of the work we did in the program. Not only that, but our child can sleep anywhere for anyone. Traveling is a breeze, as are visits to Grandma’s house.
I want to empower those who feel like there is no end in sight. I also want you to know that you can do this on your own. This is one of the many times in your life you are going to have to be dedicated to teach your child something new. They weren’t born able to put themselves to sleep nor are they born able to walk. Each day you are constantly teaching your child how to sleep better and your dedication will pay off. Sleep will heal the body, mind, and soul of both you and your child.
Cheers to all who embark on this journey it is worth it in so many ways. Here’s to many more sleep-filled nights!
Working with a Sleep Consultant Provides the Sleep Support You and Your Baby Need
I’ve had the opportunity to meet many reluctant parents who come out of the Sleepwell Baby experience as big believers–which you can see in the case of this once-exhausted mother. It’s tough to see how good things could be if you are in a sleepless fog and wracked with anxiety and upset over it.
Supporting moms from the beginning (or even before baby’s arrival) and having regular contact until the time baby is ready to learn how to sleep on their own is a fantastic experience.
My dedication to this work comes from my heart. I enjoy helping other women succeed and helping families be the best they can be. What a joy it was to work with this family and have the chance to support them early on in their sleep journey with their baby!