Parents need to get to grips with three main points when it comes to helping their newborns sleep in a Gentle way.:
1) First, you need to understand what is normal when it comes to infant and child sleep. Most of the world has a very incorrect view about the sort of sleep newborns and babies should be having and a lot of the problems parents struggle with are due to this mythical view of ‘normality’, rather than an actual problem their child has.
2) Next, you need to look at what may be negatively impacting your child’s sleep; perhaps something environmental, or something dietary, or perhaps their timings are a little off. There are a whole host of possibilities and every child and parent is different.
3) Lastly, you need to look at your own feelings and the pressure you feel as a parent and find coping mechanisms to help with them so that they do impact your little one’s sleep – research shows there is a direct link between parental emotions and infant and child sleep.
Sarach Ockwell-Smith is a UK-based gentle sleep consultant and author of The Gentle Sleep Book