I call it sleep *guiding*. At 4/5 months I KNEW intuitively that my baby -just wanted to sleep-!! He really wanted to sleep AND stay asleep. I had no idea how to help him. We co-slept but he woke every 1-2 hours. We rocked, bounced, shushed and patted. Breastfeeding went down the drain. Looking back I can now see how him being so overtired contributed to that. Sigh.
I was talking baby sleep with a fellow babywearing mama and she referred me to Eva. Best parenting decision ever. Eva formed our sleep plan around what we wanted as a family. And we shifted and shuffled the plan as needed. Every baby is different and Eva knew what needed to change as different issues came up.
Yes he cried at the start (and some middle parts) of sleep guiding. But I KNEW he was just wanting sleep and frustrated that he couldn’t find it. He cried more when he was overtired and no one was helping him. He’d probably still be crying! And frustrated!
Baby is now 8.5 months old and he’ll remind me with a little whine that it’s nap time (if I forget…but I mostly don’t).
Now that Mom, Dad and babe aren’t overtired and cranky we get to bond and enjoy each other. What a concept! 🙂 Thank you Eva for giving our family the abundant smiles and snoozes that we always wanted.!! 😉