In December I was browsing Facebook. I belong to several “mom groups” there. It was then that I saw a post by Maylyn. She was doing her final project to become a certified sleep consultant and was looking for volunteers. I happily sent her an email! I was desperate! Oliver was an amazing sleeper from the beginning, however at 6 months that disappeared. I was waking up SO MANY times at night. My poor family. It was not a pretty process.
I am SO GLAD that I got to work with Maylyn. I learned a LOT. Once the holidays were over Maylyn and I spoke on the phone about Oliver and his sleep routine. The next day she sent over his Sleep Plan. I was VERY skeptical. I could totally do the morning nap (but wake him up?!) and what is this news about an afternoon nap? And the greatest surprise was the time to put him down for bed! You mean putting a baby down for the night at 6pm is acceptable?!
It was rough going for a few days. Oliver was a REALLY good morning napper. He would nap for hours and hours. But he was an awful afternoon napper. Rarely did he sleep longer than 45 minutes.
By waking him up from his morning nap and trying his afternoon nap earlier in the day I could see the change in his attitude. By putting him down earlier in the evening he was sleeping longer at night without waking! It was sleep magic!
We aren’t always perfect every day with his sleep, but that bedtime has become golden. We have a better routine down and I love it. I do miss the ability to go as much as I used to, but the trade is so worth it and it won’t last forever! We occasionally have had a night of awful sleeping but they are not always the norm.
I would like to tell you that if you are considering using a sleep consultant, then DO IT! You will not regret it. You will have more sleep. Your baby will be happier. You will be happier.
If you would like to work with Maylyn you can find her on Facebook! She was incredible. I feel like she and I became friends. She would text me each morning to see how the night before went and offer any tips or suggestions that she felt would help out. I love her.