What not to say to a sleep training mom (unless you want to sustain injuries)

What not to say to a sleep training mom (unless you want to sustain injuries)

The decision to sleep train a baby is massive. It’s exhausting for parents, physically and emotionally. Regardless of what technique she’s using, there are some things a sleep training mom never wants to hear. Let’s take a look at the phrases that might just result in her throat punching the heck out of you.

Don’t say THIS to a sleep training mom

1. “My baby slept through the night at six weeks.”

First off: this magical, heavy-eyed creature who “sleeps through the night at six weeks” just doesn’t exist. Anyone who tries to sell this idea is straight up lying. Plus, they’re gloating during a seriously tough time for the sleep training mom.

2. “But have you tried…”

She’s tried swaddling, white noise, and even that ridiculous miracle sleep suit. Nothing works. If you’ve thought of something to get your kid to sleep, she has tried it too. She’s also Googled: “Dear lord, how do I get this baby to sleep. I am losing my mind.” She doesn’t need your ideas; she needs support. Also, she needs sleep. A lot of it.

3. “I would never allow my baby to cry it out!”

Go ahead and play that card. It’s not going to work on her. What YOU choose to do (or not do) with your baby is YOUR business. She could never make a friend feel bad for making hard parenting decisions. Just shut it.

4. “He just needs solids/formula/breast milk.”

If the sleep training mom had R10 for every parent that gave her advice on better nutritional choices to improve her baby’s sleep, she’d have a lot of money. And she’d also still have a kid that doesn’t sleep through the night.

5. “Co-sleeping works for us.”

Okay, but according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, co-sleeping isn’t the best choice Sharon! Please get back to me on how you feel about it after spending 18 years with a tiny foot wedged into your ribs. Honestly, if you can train yourself to sleep like that, good on you.

6. “Sleep training was the worst thing we ever tried.”

If you’re sharing horror stories with a friend who just decided to try a new parenting escapade, why do you even call yourself her friend? This mom won’t gain anything by hearing how terrible it was for you. If you can’t be nice, please just don’t say anything at all.

7. “I used sleep training, and my kid still doesn’t sleep through the night at age 6.”

Look, you can probably tell the sleep training mom about your failed attempts, but it won’t benefit her. Or you. She’ll flee from the scene, lock herself in her room, and cry it out until she feels better.

By Seldean Smith

Seldean is a full-time single mom and avid contributor to the Kiddles website. Her hobbies include discovering awesome new places and spaces for kids and writing content that resonates with the hearts of other parents.

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