We talk about our kids’ sleep in passing, so it’s hard to get the full context of the struggles and realities of baby sleep over time.  So I’m just going to pull back the curtains and tell you everything that’s going on in our home. I’m going to share what I feel like I did wrong when it came to my boys’ sleep, and what ended up working for us as a family instead. I feel like it’s hard to get the complete story about baby sleep from other parents, so I just want to give you a full picture of my experience and what I’ve learned over the years. What worked for me may or may not fit for you, but I wanted people out there to know that there are other alternatives to sleep training if you’re struggling to get enough sleep yourself and aren’t sure if you want to sleep train your kids.

I had a different topic scheduled for today, but since Dr. Pam Douglas and I didn’t have a lot of time to talk about the practical things you could do if you’re struggling to get sleep as a parent whose child isn’t sleep trained in the last episode, I wanted to take a little extra time to share with you the things that I’ve found to be helpful after I decided not to sleep train my kids. So if you haven’t listened to my interview with Dr. Douglas in WPR040, go back and listen to that one first, because this one will make a lot more sense with that foundation.

Show Notes: www.argenalinstitute.com/podcast

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Dr. Pam Douglas Website

Possums Clinic Website

The Possums Sleep Film

Gestalt Breastfeeding Online Program

The Discontented Little Baby Book by Dr. Pam Douglas

Virtual Sleep Consultations with Possums Clinic

Evolutionary Parenting: A Philosophy Surrounding Parenting that Involves Biology, History, Neuroscience, Anthropology, and Developmental Psychology

Sleeping Like a Baby: Simple Sleep Solutions for Babies and Toddlers by Pinky McKay

Educating the Experts: Lesson One: Crying by Evolutionary Parenting

Worried About How Much Your Baby Sleeps? Don’t According to New Research by Evolutionary Parenting

Babies Do Not Manipulate They Communicate by Little Hearts Books

The Last Resort: When Sleep Training Feels Like It’s Not a Matter of Choice Anymore by Grubby Mummy Blog

Why Everything the Sleep Trainers Tell You is Rubbish by Integrity Calling

My Thoughts on the Well It Worked For Me Statements Around Sleep Training by Grubby Mummy Blog

You Can’t Love Too Much: Attachment Doesn’t Slow Growth It Fuels It by Motherly

Co-Sleeping and SIDS: A Guide for Health Professionals by UNICEF

Working Parent Resource Coffee Chat

Working Parent Resource Website  

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