Sleep Training Tips from Dr. Karp
A little recap on Dr Karp’s tips for getting the baby to sleep train ( if you don’t know, Dr Karp is a well-known amazing Pediatritian, a contributor to BabyWise and ToddlerWise books, as well a creator of the Snoo, author of Happiest Baby/Toddler books)
• Use white noise. It creates an environment of relaxation and soothing. I would add, use pink noise for babies. There is a difference. Pink noise has different frequency ( remember, infants hearing is still developing and is very sensitive) and is created to imitate womb sounds.
• Recreate the womb-like environment for the baby to help them transition and adapt. Babies are used to small, confined spaces that are warm and have a gushing sound around them. Small bassinets, swaddles and pink noise recreate this, lowering stress levels for the baby, which, in return, means that the baby will sleep and rest better.
• be cautious of co-sleeping, particularly, letting the baby sleep on the chest. Skin-to-skin is an amazing thing, but should only be done when parents are fully rested. If you want the baby near by, use a specifically designed co-sleeper for baby’s safety.
• sleep habits and how the baby will act at 6-12-18 months are formed in the first 5-6 months ( pretty crazy amazing, right?).
So... that translates into don’t let the baby fall asleep at the boob unless you are willing to let them do that for as long as you are breastfeeding. Any ideas on why that is important?
What do you, guys, think? Do you agree? What do you think about co-sleeping/not co-sleeping and kangaroo care, and their connection to the sleep?
Really curious to know your thoughts! I’ll dive deeper in every point in a new post too.
So, what do you think?