Updated: Oct 2, 2020
Common questions that often pops up during presentations but that are all really asking the same thing are:
'WHY does my baby fight sleep?'
'My baby DOES NOT like to sleep'
'My baby is AWAKE all day - how can I change this?
I think that there is a misconception that babies naturally will sleep a lot, or sleep will just be a natural occurrence.
For some - this may be true, but (and there is always a but), we know there is a whole plethora of parents who really struggle. For sleep (for the majority) does not come easily (or it may feel like, not at all!)
The reality of course is that babies will often get fussy and cry when they are tired, resulting in parents assisting them to calm down via, rocking, bouncing, walking, soothers etc during these acts, babies will often cry up, before they cry down and then ultimately fall to sleep.
DID YOU KNOW
It's considered normal for a baby to cry for up to 20 minutes before they fall to sleep, just to unwind?
It feels unnatural I know, but it's true. As an adult, we have a variety of ways in which we can unwind; reading a book, watching tv, having a glass of wine, going to the gym.
Babies, don't have any of these options, the only way in which they can fall to sleep, is too often cry down to destress themselves first - it's like a catharsis for them. Once they have it all out of there system they can relax and then nod off.