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Sleep Class for New Families

With a new child in the family, sleep becomes a major issue, both for babies and for parents! If you are one of the many parents who need more good information about sleep, this is the perfect class for you.

In this interactive class you will learn:
– about normal sleep and naps in infants and toddlers up to 3 years
– how sleep impacts babies’ development and growth
– the strategies to help your child learn to sleep on his / her own, from ‘cry it out’ to the ‘no cry sleep solution’ and everything in between
– how to set your lifestyle, and bedroom, for good sleep
– how parents can still get the sleep they need despite parenting in the night

Most importantly, each family will develop their own custom sleep plan over the course of the class, a plan they will benefit from immediately.

Here are the details:
Instructor: Dr. Catherine Darley, naturopathic sleep specialist
Two Dates: Friday June 17th or Saturday June 18th, 10a to 1p
Location: 1904 3rd Ave, Seattle WA, 98101, 2rd floor
(next to Bed, Bath & Beyond in downtown Seattle)
Cost: $65
Register: www.naturalsleepmedicine.net

A Consistent Bedtime Routine Helps Baby Sleep

A consistent bedtime routine is a powerful tool to help infants consolidate their sleep into longer periods at night.  And when baby sleeps, parents can too!

Researchers had parents implement a 3-step bedtime routine.  The steps were a bath, a massage, and a quiet activity like cuddling or singing a lullaby, in that order.  Lights out was within 30 minutes of finishing the bath.  Nothing else was changed, the parents continued to put their child to bed they way they had been.

After just two weeks of this bedtime routine, the babies woke up fewer times in the night, and were awake for shorter periods.  Their mothers were less likely to perceive the babies sleep as a problem.  Not only that, but the mothers’ mood improved, so they were less tense, less depressed and less angry.

This gives hope to new parents, that they can help their child sleep better in just a few weeks, and that this improves the well-being of the family too!

Dr. Darley will be speaking on ‘Help your baby ‘Sleep Like a Baby'” on Tues, June 1st, in Mukilteo Wa.  This program is sponsored by Program for Early Parenting Support.

Teaching Babies to Sleep

There’s lots of discussion of what is the best way to help babies learn to sleep through the night. Use the ‘cry it out’ method, or use the ‘no cry’ method?

Sleep researchers have compared these methods, and here’s what they concluded:

1) The strongest support is for ‘Unmodified Extinction’ and ‘Preventive Parental Education.’
2) Research also supports the use of ‘Graduated Extinction,’ ‘Bedtime fading / positive routines,’ and ‘Scheduled awakenings’
3) Most children respond well to these behavioral techniques, and there is an improvement in the child’s daytime behavior, and parent’s wellbeing.

Here are those techniques briefly defined:
Unmodified Extinction: Parents put the child to bed at bedtime, and leave the child to sleep until the morning. Parents only monitor the child for safety and illness.
Preventive Parent Education: Parent ed aimed at preventing the development of sleep problems, and includes these behavioral interventions.
Graduated Extinction: Parents put child to bed at bedtime, and briefly check on the child on a pre-determined schedule.
Bedtime fading / positive routines: Parents establish an enjoyable bedtime routine, and put the child to bed when they usually fall asleep. Then the bedtime is gradually moved earlier once the child is able to fall asleep easily.
Scheduled awakenings: Parents first track when their child usually wakes up, then wake the child before that time, doing the same back to sleep routine as when the child wakes on his own.

Choose which method fits with your parenting values and your child, then stick with it and be consistent. In most studies only a few weeks were needed to help infants sleep through more of the night, and for parents to feel better.

Dr. Darley will be speaking on this topic for PEPS in Mukilteo, Wa. on June 1st. Please join us!