7 Common Sleep Training Myths
February 4, 2021
Learning to get a good night’s sleep is one of the more important lessons your little one will master. And while it may seem like a daunting task, sleep training goes smoother with the right resources, like a personalized sleep plan from Dream Lab by Owlet.
Dream Lab was co-created with world-class pediatric sleep consultants to help your baby sleep better and longer through a fully online and personalized step-by-step sleep training course.
After taking an in-depth sleep assessment, you’ll receive a personalized sleep schedule & auto-adjusting daily guide and have unlimited access to live support from sleep experts, educational videos and tutorials.
To help you feel confident about taking the leap into the sleep training process, we’ve gathered some of the most common sleep training myths and debunked them!
Myth 1: Sleep training is harmful for my baby
It’s natural to wonder if something is harming your baby rather than helping them. But there’s no data that sleep training negatively impacts children. In fact, sleep training only benefits Baby’s sleep habits and does not lead to any long term problems with emotions or behavior.
Myth 2: If I let my baby cry then they won’t love me anymore
Baby could never stop loving you, mama! Letting your baby cry can be difficult—your mama instincts kick in and it’s hard to stand down and let Baby self-soothe. But it’s important to know that letting your baby cry won’t turn them against you. Crying is just how babies express frustration, and learning a new skill like sleeping through the night is frustrating! Your little one won’t face emotional distress later on and will instead learn a key strategy that’s critical to their sleep habits. Dream Lab includes different sleep training methods to choose from so you can find a method that you feel most comfortable with as your baby practices self-soothing.
Myth 3: Sleep training is only beneficial for parents
Though the prospect of catching up on your z’s is a motivator for any parent, sleep training done right is designed to benefit your baby the most. Sleep training doesn’t mean you’re not ignoring your baby or “giving up” on them. You’re gently guiding your little one as they learn to self-soothe, regulate their sleep patterns, and fall asleep on their own. These techniques are crucial as your baby moves to their own room and are not right by your bed every night.
Myth 4: Sleep training is just a fancy title for the “Crying it Out” method
While it’s true that letting your baby fuss for a little bit is part of sleep training, it’s not the bulk of the process. Sleep training can be done in a variety of ways and involves much more attention to detail and teamwork between parent and Baby than the CIO method. Instead of leaving your baby to cry and figure everything out on their own, you can help steer your little one in the right direction by setting a consistent schedule for naps and bedtimes and giving them a safe and comfortable sleep environment.
Myth 5: Everyone sleeps through the night
It may surprise you but no matter their age, everyone has a tendency to wake during the night. This is due to our natural sleep cycles. Every time you shift, turn over or adjust your surroundings is your body preparing to transition to another stage in your sleep cycle. While adults have learned to go back to sleep after these minor wakings, babies haven’t grasped this skill yet. This is where sleep training comes in!
Myth 6: Sleeping is a natural development that can’t be taught
Sleep training is different from sleeping in general. Everyone sleeps and we wouldn’t survive without it. So you’re not teaching your little one how to sleep, they already know how! Sleep training is teaching your baby to sleep longer and better. Lack of sleep is dangerous for both mama and Baby so teaching your baby to sleep better benefits the whole family.
Myth 7: Later bedtime means a later wake up
It might blow your mind to learn that this isn’t necessarily true when it comes to babies! A baby’s internal clock is naturally set to begin waking around 6 or7 in the morning. If your baby goes to bed later than usual, their clock will still signal them to wake up early. To avoid this, make sure your baby’s personal sleep schedule is created with their internal clock in mind.
Feeling ready to start the sleep training process? Check out Dream Lab by Owlet and bring better sleep to your household with effective, proven help from Owlet.
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