Normalising Infant and Child Sleep


Against popular belief, a baby sleeping through the night isn't as common as parents are led to believe. And honestly, it's not a realistic expectation. Of course, there are some unicorn babies who naturally sleep well from birth and actually do sleep through the night from a very early age. But there are also a majority of babies and children who are not naturally good sleepers and need gentle encouragement to establish healthier sleep habits for optimal growth, health and development.


Professionals and family members making comments like, "is your baby sleeping through the night yet?" or other sleep consultants promising to have your baby sleeping through the night can make us feel like failures when our babies don't sleep as well as what society excepts. However, I'm here to normalise infant and child sleep.


Did you know...


It is biologically normal for babies to need environmental stimulations to feel calm, relaxed and sleep well.

It is normal for babies and toddlers to wake at night.

It is normal for children to find comfort from a parent sitting with them until they fall asleep.

It is okay to hold your baby to sleep.

It is okay to rock your baby to sleep.


It is okay for you to breastfeed your baby to sleep.


It is okay to cuddle your baby to sleep.


It is okay to sit with your child until they fall asleep.

What YOU choose to do is okay.

And whilst it’s important to know what IS normal, it’s also important to know what sleep presentation falls outside the realm of normal. Because as unhelfpul are the comments around expectations of sleeping through the night, what is also equally unhelpful are the parents who are told that it's normal for babies to wake frequently through the night and they should accept this. No parent should ever have to accept sleep deprivation just because they had children.


So, what is not normal in relation to child’s sleep?


Babies waking more than 4 times a night.


Blocks of night sleep that are less than 2 hours in length.


Naps which are 30 minutes or less in length.


Children who are having sleep resistance.


Children who are snoring, restless sleeping and mouth breathing.


If your child is having the above challenges with sleep, then it’s time to further explore what is going on so you can actively and accurately manage their sleep for quality improvements. Because poor sleep quantity or quality is not good for anyone.


If you'd like to chat about your child's sleep to determine if it's normal or not, please reach out!


Shereen x



My name is Shereen Nielsen and I am a certified infant and child sleep coach and Birth and Postpartum Doula. I am also a lecturer and mentor for students on their journey towards becoming a Sleep Consultant, through my on-line internationally recognised sleep consultants course.

If you would like more information about my services please contact me:

Phone: +61419820474

Email: shereen@maternalnurtures.com

Website: www.maternalnurtures.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maternalnurtures.shereennielsen

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