If your baby has colic, you are faced with much difficulty for sleeping (among other things).
Know the Newborn Sleep Hierarchy and Apply It
Here is the link:
- My Sleep Hierarchy For Newborns: https://www.babywisemom.com/2010/06/my-sleep-hierarchy-for-newborns.html
Do What it Takes to Get Baby Asleep
You have read the hierarchy. So now you know, the most important thing is that your baby sleeps when he should. This might very well be the only part of this list of goals that you can follow. And if your baby fights sleep like David fought Goliath, don’t stress it. Do what you can, but you can’t force a baby to sleep. Each baby is an individual. Find what works best for your baby to get sleep. Do you need a swing? Go for it. Do you need to sit and bounce your baby? That is fine. Do you need to offer a pacifier? No problem. Do you need to carry your baby in a front carrier? Then do so.
Worry About Sleep Training When Colic is Over
Yes, I know, you want to start as you mean to go on. You are stressed out that these props needed to get your baby to sleep are going to ruin him forever.
Once colic is done, over, and behind you, you can worry about teaching your baby to sleep on his own. Before that, don’t stress. Colic is like your baby having a personality swap with some crazy thing. What your baby does to fall asleep during colic will not ruin your baby forever.
That is it. As hard as it is, your primary expectation for sleep is to work on having baby sleep when he should. Do not stress yourself beyond that goal. You have enough to worry about.
Learn What Reasonable is For Your Baby
You can definitely get some great insight from parents who have been there and done that, but you will have to tailor your expectations to your child. Figure out what “reasonable” is for your baby. Go with that and don’t feel guilty about it.
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