Can You Really Teach Your Baby To Sleep?

“Hire a sleep doctor? Why would I ever do that? I have raised 2 older children perfectly fine without the help of a professional."

Those exact words came out of my mouth when someone told me I should look into getting professional help for my 18-month-old.

You see, Merrick is my last child and the one I struggled with the most – not just with sleep, but breastfeeding as well. No matter what I did, I caved in.

The thought of trying to teach him to sleep without having to nurse, or even sleep through the night, gave me anxiety to the point of depression.

I was well beyond exhaustion and sleep deprivation as he had not slept once throughout the night, and it came to the point where I needed to do something about it.

We had tried several times to get him to sleep in his crib but after 40 minutes of hysterically crying, one of us would go get him. It was so hard to hear him, and to think that he thought we were abandoning him, broke me.

His pediatrician said he was playing us, but deep down I knew there was no way I could just let him cry it out, but I didn’t know where to turn. I needed someone who could be with me every step of the way to coach me about what to do and be my moral support.

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