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New Year – Resolve for Better Sleep

New Year – Resolve For Better Sleep

Happy New Year!  Have you even given any thought to what your resolutions will be?  If not, why not resolve for better sleep… for the whole family!

Every year we think about making resolutions for ourselves, such as losing weight, eating healthier, or getting to the gym more.

But, what if we made a resolution to make our family life better and easier?

Is this the the year that you will vow to help your family get better sleep?

Sleep is so good for your child and the benefits range from acting happier throughout the day to paying attention for longer periods of time. It’s also amazing how a well-rested baby or child can improve your mood and relationships.  So the day is today!   Make your resolution to create healthy sleep habits for your family.

Stop Making Excuses and Be Honest with Yourself:

We all do it, you’re not alone.  We make excuses as to why our children have poor sleep habits.  You may have heard a couple of these in your past:

  • “We keep our son up late since we love spending time with him.”
  • “Oh, he’s just a bad sleeper…. it’s genetic.”
  • “I’m sure he’ll figure out the sleep thing when he gets older.”
  • “We try and have him nap, but he just doesn’t want to fall asleep.  He must not need naps.”

Yes, excuses are easy to make, but in this New Year start being honest with yourself and look to make positive changes for your family.  Taking action is much easier when you realize there is something to change.

Set a Plan:  

Once you decide that you are going to make a change, set your goals and develop a plan to execute.

  • Do you want your child to nap more? Focus on napping at the age-appropriate time!
  • Need/Want more overnight sleep?  Focus on an earlier bedtime!
  • Need/Want a later morning wake-up?  Maybe now is the time to invest in a tot clock and not go to your child before 6:00am!

Changes don’t always happen overnight but if you have a solid plan then you can be consistent and reap the rewards.  Children thrive off of consistency!

Ask for help: 

Breaking habits or starting new healthy sleep habits for your family is easier said than done but since you know this is a resolution you want to make, you are well on your way to taking action.  If you find the information in sleep books too overwhelming or you’re not sure where to start, ask for help.  Talk to your friends or family and see if they have any good ideas to share.  Or look into hiring a sleep consultantas they can help you create a plan that works well for your family and they will hold you accountable to take action.

So the day is today!  Make your resolution for better sleep.

Susie Parker

Susie Parker is founder of Sleep Baby Love and a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant through the Family Sleep Institute. When Susie's not ridding the world of sleepless families, she loves spending time with her two girls that have given her a ton of real world sleep experience head on.

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