I knew I had to do something, I was DESPERATE. But I didn’t want to sleep train.
Conventional sleep advice had never really sat well with me. It just didn't make a lot of sense - logically or intuitively.
I'm also a bit of a research-nut, and - to use the words of those who know me well - I like to "research the hell out of things." And I've always had a (slightly obsessive 😝) curiosity for human biology and behaviour which began way back to my university days in Melbourne while studying research-intensive psychology subjects and continued throughout my career managing many large scale research projects and working alongside researchers.
So early on in my parenting journey (before my brain turned to jelly!) I embarked on a mission to understand more about the science of sleep - deep diving into the evidence around how sleep works/the biology of sleep and pouring over the latest research papers in the field of baby and toddler sleep.
During my investigations, I came across a fascinating scientific explanation for the cause of excessive night wakefulness (in a lot of cases) - and what to do to overcome it. It was a simple concept - not dissimilar to the process you'd go through to recover from jet-lag - that was already the first line therapy for adult and child sleep problems in the UK, and in many states of the US and Australia, and was also being applied to infants and toddlers in both Australia and the US/Brazil.
So faced with the issue of a very wakeful baby, I decided to give it a go!
The results were nothing short of amazing! After just 2 weeks, my little one was falling asleep quickly within minutes at bedtime, every time and sleeping for decent stretches at night - waking for just 2 quick feeds overnight 🙌💃
And I started to feel ALIVE again!
I was able to function properly, be the parent I wanted to be (well, most of the time at least 😝), and importantly
enjoy time with my little one a whole lot more.