Not every sleep challenge needs to be fixed

Try to avoid thinking of your child’s sleep as a destination. Sleep improvements will come, and they also sometimes go. There are multiple reasons why your child may wake, that does not indicate a “sleep problem”. Night waking may be problematic but may also be indicative of typical childhood sleep. Here’s some reasons your child may wake- this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Hunger
  • Too hot
  • Cold
  • Teething pain
  • Feeling under the weather
  • Emotional/developmental progression
  • Travel disturbance
  • Needs connection with parent
  • They are a baby

Meet your baby where they are at; be curious about the reason. Don’t always feel it’s something that needs fixing- there are core reasons for sleep disturbance, that are discussed on my page at length and there are general reasons-and often these worlds collide.


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