Tired mom holds sleeping baby

Do you need a night nanny?

For a new parent, the first 12–24 months are a roller coaster ride somewhere between jubilation and sleep deprivation. 

If you’re a new parent or parenting a little one who has not started sleeping through the night, you’re probably well acquainted with functioning with your energy tank bordering on empty. 

According to a 2019 Snuz survey, 7 out of 10 parents lose 3 hours of sleep a night in their baby’s first year. That’s around 133 nights of sleep. If you’re like a lot of parents, you might consider the inconvenience a right of passage for new parents or a necessary sacrifice.

But sleep deprivation is real. It affects motor skills, mood, and even memory. It can also have lasting impacts over time, like weight gain, a weakened immune system, and more. 

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how a night nanny and sleep training can give you some of your hours back. 

Can a night nanny help my baby sleep?

Before a baby is born, new parents can be pretty obsessive about learning during the pregnancy phase. 

  • What’s going to happen each trimester? 
  • How is the baby developing from week to week?
  • Why do I crave some foods like a maniac and feel sick at even the mention of foods I used to love? 
  • Will I ever stop feeling sick?

By the time the baby arrives, most new parents have read enough baby books to teach a class on every pregnancy subject imaginable, but who has time to read with a newborn? When life flips upside down, casual reading and other past comforts take a backseat to the trial by fire that is new parenting. 

Compare the popular book What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2016), which is the number one book in three categories on Amazon with over 29K reviews, to its follow-up, What to Expect the First Year, with less than half as many reviews. It’s unlikely that the dip in reviews has to do with the quality of the content. New parents running on fumes have little time to read, much less leave an Amazon review. 

Are you wondering how to get your baby to sleep through the night? If you’re looking for professional support, sleep training with a night nanny can provide the support you need and a solution to sleepless nights. 

Sleep Training Your Baby

When children come into the world, they are on their own schedule, and we often adapt to their erratic sleep and eating patterns in the beginning to give them the stability and comfort they need. However, this is not a sustainable, long-term solution. At some point, every child must be integrated into the normal pattern of life and its systems. This includes learning how to sleep during regular “sleep hours” like everyone else. 

In a previous post, we looked at some of the differences between sleep training a newborn versus a toddler and the best time to start. Ultimately, proper sleep training comes down to readiness, lifestyle choices, and convenience. 

A professionally trained night nanny’s job is to help restore balance and order. An experienced sleep trainer can assess your baby’s needs as well as your family’s and help you make an informed decision.

Common questions:

When do babies learn to fall asleep on their own without sleep training?

According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, “By 6 months of age, most babies are physiologically capable of sleeping through the night and no longer require nighttime feedings. However, 25%—50% continue to awaken during the night.” For parents, this could mean getting up during the night to help sooth them and get them back to sleep. 

Are night nannies and sleep trainers the same?

Not necessarily.  Not every family wants to sleep train their child. In that case, a night nanny can attend to your baby’s needs throughout the night, so you can get the rest you need. 

I’m interested in sleep training, but I’m not sure what that would look like for our family.

Our sleep training system can be customized to meet the needs of your family. We do not use the “cry it out” method. To learn more about our process, click here. 

If you’re considering sleep training and want more information, email us at info@nightowlnannycare.com or call us at 303-717-1841 today. If we don’t have a sleep trainer in your area, traveling to your location is an option.