As a momma of six, and having worked with other families as a Newborn Care Specialist, I came to read Baby Sleeping Trust Techniques with quite a few of my own ideas. I was curious to see what Rebecca Welton had to say on the matter of teaching Baby how to sleep through the night so that sleep deprived families can recover a sense of normalcy and being well rested.
Reading through Baby Sleeping Trust Techniques, I came under the impression that it is aimed at families with older babies (age 5 months and above) who are not yet sleeping through the night due to sporadic routines or the development of habits that have set up mom as Baby’s sleep time “security blankie”. Some families are fine with this, but others find themselves beyond exhausted and no longer able to function. Welton explains that Baby’s waking through the night effects the whole family, including siblings, and leaves everyone over tired due to disturbed sleep and not able to function at their best or with their best attitude.
Welton speaks from experience. Having gone through this herself with her second born, and finding it necessary to do a lot of research and experimenting on her own to work past the sleepless nights and teach her son to comfort himself while trusting his mom to be close by and ready to come when he needed her without having to cry it out alone, she decided to begin working with and helping other families. Welton later gathered the techniques she has found most helpful into one resource for parents.
In chapter three, Welton gives an explanation of Baby’s sleep patterns and her top twelve tips to help Baby enjoy better sleep. I honestly found these tips, such as establishing a predictable routine for Baby (including set nap and bed times to avoid overtiredness and over stimulation), full daytime feedings, a dark bedroom, white noise, and laying Baby down to sleep while drowsy but awake to be things that, if established early on, can completely avoid the need to re-teach Baby healthy sleep habits at an older age when they are more set in their ways and resistant to change. However, if it seems “too late for that!”, and Baby is already used to being rocked, fed, or otherwise comforted to sleep by Mom or another caregiver, Welton’s Baby Sleeping Trust Techniques will still be helpful.
Welton gives parents four tips for helping Baby learn to fall asleep, or back to sleep; she includes tips for co-sleeping families as well. This gives parents options to find what technique works best for their baby without feeling like they have to leave baby to cry him or herself to sleep during this transition time. Each of these techniques allow Baby to feel, see, or hear Momma while still encouraging them to fall asleep on their own, and can be used as steps towards Baby becoming less and less dependent on Mom’s, or other caregiver’s, presence in order to comfortably go to sleep.
If you have an older baby still waking through the night, you may find this book very helpful. If you are expecting, or know someone who is, Welton’s sleeping tips in chapter three may be even more valuable to you in order to avoid unnecessary months of extra fatigue. Either way, Baby Sleeping Trust Techniques by Rebecca Welton is a simply-put book for parents who want to help their family to have a good, full night’s sleep without too many tears for Baby or parents.
Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 children under 10 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Rebecca Welton. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.