This isn’t your typical course on newborn sleep. Rather, it’s a one of a kind class designed to walk you through creating your own newborn sleep plan while taking into account your values and preferences.
Welcome everyone to the course, Newborn Sleep: the 4thTrimester for Baby. This isn’t your average course where you are given a step-by-step plan on how to support your baby in having a healthy sleep foundation. Rather, in this course, I help you develop your own sleep plan uniquely designed to your specific baby. I do this for two reasons: 1) a one size fits all course just doesn’t have room to tailor a sleep plan for every unique baby and family. I wanted to reach as many sleepless families as I could while taking into account each family’s own values. Designing my course in this way allows me to do that. 2) Flexibility and balance is very important with a newborn otherwise undue stress just builds up causing more stress and sleepless nights. Developing your own sleep plan with the strategies I give you allows room for you to put your own spin on it, thus ensuring more success as you know your baby and what will or will not work for them. So let’s get started. I suggest you go through this course twice. Once to listen to the whole course and the second time with a sleep plan template ready to go so you can take notes and put together your own unique plan. The sleep plan template can be found in part 4 of this course. As you make your way through this course, keep in mind that this isn’t meant to be sleep training. Rather it’s designed to gently coach baby to develop healthy sleep habits through setting a solid foundation and learning new skills to sleep independently. After all, sleep is a skill-building activity. I encourage you to use your sleep plan for bedtime and night wakings during this newborn stage as there is plenty for you to navigate during this time. I know some of you will be asking about naps. To that, I suggest you do what’s best for you. If you want to implement your plan for naps too then do it, but don’t feel bad if you prefer to just focus on bedtime. Naps will come later. Do whatever you can to get your baby to nap to avoid overtiredness at bedtime. Motion naps are perfect for that. Please try not to get overwhelmed. You do you