If you’re burned out by naps...it might be time to consider sleep training.
It seems like naps are a sore spot. Maybe nights too.
I'm not one to ever tell parents what to do. YOU were given your child for a reason - to be their parent! Only you know what's best for them.
Short naps and long nights aren't always a problem…until they are. Until you're beyond tired. Until it becomes unsafe because you're doing things you weren't ever planning on doing…like falling asleep with your baby at your breast, or while holding them in a recliner. If you're starting to feel this way, THIS is why I do what I do. Because I was in that same situation, and sleep training became our answer. With my background in early childhood development, you better believe I did my research to make sure it was the best choice for our family. And that decision changed my life. We now refer to it lovingly as “life before sleep training” and “life after sleep training”!
This isn't a decision many parents take lightly. If you're like me, you want to take some time to explore all your options, consider what's best for your child, what's best for your family, and then make an informed and educated decision.
Like I said, I'm not here to sway you one way or another. I know it's not for everyone.
But let me offer something that can help everyone, regardless of their stance!
My first recommendation is to always make sure the environment is 👌🏻.
Set the stage for sleep - if you aren't already, make sure you have a nap time and bedtime routine. Make sure it's totally dark, you're utilizing white noise around 60 dB, using a sleep sack and maybe even a lovey if they're older than 12 months.
It takes time and consistency, but trust me, start with the environment and your routines.