3 Baby Sleep Stories (And What We Can Learn From Them)

If the sleep process is working like a dream in your family, there’s little reason to read on. And congratulations! But if you’re like many of us, easing your baby into dreamland isn’t always smooth sailing.
Here are three baby bedtime stories that may shed some light on your sleep issues and/or help you avoid difficulties in the future. One element they all have in common: a highly aware, attuned, open-minded parent willing to perceive her baby as a capable person.

Erin’s story

I only discovered your website a few months ago, but your sleep advice is similar to what I did with my daughter when she was an infant (she’s 12 months now). It worked… for her and for me!

I was not comfortable using CIO techniques, nor was I willing to continually hold her while she napped in the day. I learned to interpret the messages of her various cries/grizzles and the difference between, “I’m having trouble but getting there!” and “Mama, I need you!!!” (or a third expression of hers that I have joyfully discovered: “I like to listen to myself before I fall asleep.”). Basically, I watched her, listened to her, and learned about her, and then I responded accordingly. I have to say, everything you write resonates with me both as inspirational and as an affirmation that I am on the right track as a parent.

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