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Dispelling the Myth: Sleep Training and Sleeping Arrangements Beyond the Crib

Are you feeling pressured to confine your little one to their crib post-sleep training? Let's set the record straight! Contrary to popular belief, there's no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to where your baby should sleep after sleep training. Let's explore the truth behind this common misconception and discover the flexibility available to you and your little one.

The Myth: Once Sleep Training is Complete, Your Child Must Always Sleep in Their Crib

The misconception that your baby must always sleep in their crib after sleep training is pervasive, but it's time to debunk it. While cribs offer a safe and secure sleep environment, they're not the only option. It's crucial to understand that flexibility is key in meeting the needs and schedules of every family.

The Reality: Flexibility in Sleeping Arrangements

After sleep training, it's essential to embrace the 80-20% rule: 80% of the week follows a routine, with on-time sleeps in the designated sleep space, while 20% allows for flexibility. This means occasional car naps, stroller snoozes, carrier cuddles, or contact naps are perfectly okay.

Expert Tip: Expect Shorter Naps On-The-Go

When your child falls asleep on the go, expect a shorter nap. Napping on the go is unpredictable and can be overstimulating. And that's okay! Simply move the next nap or bedtime up to protect the nighttime sleep and maintain the 80-20% balance.

Mama Tip: Trust Your Instincts and Your Child's Needs

As a mama navigating the journey of parenthood, trust your instincts and your child's cues. You know your little one best, and sometimes, that means deviating from conventional wisdom to meet their unique needs. Embrace the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances while maintaining a nurturing and supportive sleep environment.

Embrace Flexibility and Nurture Healthy Sleep Habits

It's time to let go of rigid sleep expectations and embrace the flexibility to accommodate your child's sleep needs post-training. Remember, the goal is to prioritize safety, comfort, and consistency in their sleep environment, whether it's in the crib, on-the-go, or anywhere in between. Trust in your ability to create a nurturing and supportive sleep environment that promotes healthy sleep habits for your little one.


Meet the Author: Hi I’m Natalie Zaun - Mama of two, soon to be three, little girls and a certified pediatric sleep specialist! I have my Masters in Special Education and Elementary Education and love that I get to combine my passion and education into helping families. My goal is to not only equip all families with the resources and support to obtain great sleep, following the comfort of their child, but also empower families to enjoy this season of parenthood! 

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