Sleep is the one thing new parents crave most. Getting up in the middle of the night to change and feed their new baby every 3 to 4 hours takes a toll. New parents are warned to expect their sleep to be disrupted for the first few months of their infant’s life, but pediatricians reassure them that the nighttime merry-go-round will eventually stop.
By 8 to 12 weeks of age, the majority of babies are sleeping through the night, typically giving parents a much-needed 11- to 12-hour break. But some babies are poor sleepers. Well past the 3-month mark, they continue to wake up several times during the night, fussing, crying and demanding their parents’ attention.
Distraught and exhausted, parents of problem sleepers log long hours rocking their fretful infants. In desperation, parents will try anything to get their baby to sleep, from letting him cry it out to popping him in the car seat for a nocturnal cruise. It doesn’t take long for sleep-deprived parents to reach the end of their rope and call for help. And the person they call is former maternity nurse Alison Scott-Wright, the British woman grateful parents call “the baby whisperer.”
Author of the sold-out new book, The Sensational Baby Sleep Plan (available on Amazon), Scott-Wright uses a practical approach that relies on repetition and learned expectations to train babies to fall asleep and sleep through the night.
Next time: The Baby Whisperer’s sleep training tips