"Sleep like a baby"… you mean, "Scream, suck on a boob for half an hour, nod off, wake up in 45 minutes, and repeat", right? Cause that’s how it was for us for 4 months, pretty much. I don’t think you can even bring up the words "sleep training" in a roomful of people without a lot of opinions on the topic. But this is our journey and I wanted to share it.
Yeah, motherhood is great. I love my baby. But I had NO idea that you have to teach a baby how to sleep. I mean, seriously? Sleep? We all love it, so why is it so hard?
Well, first off, the idea of teaching a baby to sleep is a Western thing. All over the world parents sleep with their babies and yeah, some of those babies are hard ones likes ours. But the parents deal with it. There are often extended families to help. That’s just how it is. The concept of cribs, nurseries, "self-soothing"… all Western.
So, why did we have a problem? Well, we don’t live with a houseful of support and a mother simply cannot function off of 1 hour cycles of sleep. At least this mother couldn’t.