The Handley Family Sleep Manifesto:
The Greatest Sleep for the Greatest Number
Now generally we don't identify with communist ideals* at the Handley home, but when it comes to sleep, the idea works for us. Whatever gets the greatest sleep for the greatest number is the way we go. There are ten bazillion books written on getting children to sleep. There are countless articles on the undeniable benefits/undeniable dangers of just about every sleep option out there. Caring parents ONLY sleep with their kids. Caring parents ONLY put their kids in their cribs. Caring parents swaddle. Or feed to sleep. Or have siblings share rooms. Or do kangaroo care. Or bedshare. Or babywear. Or do bedtime in a swing. Use crib bumpers. Don't use crib bumpers. Or a carseat. Or drive their kids around at night. Or set the car seat on the dryer. Or give a bottle at night. Or a pacifier. Or use an apnea monitor. Or don't.
Caring parents figure out what works for them and go for it in a safe and flexible way. They realize that what works today won't necessarily work tomorrow. And they don't judge other parents for doing what works for them.
Some ways we have
begged pleaded coerced bored swindled tricked soothed our children into sleep:
|On a park bench, homeless style|
|In the stroller|
|In the Ergo|
|On the airplane|
|Being carried through a cave|
|Zipped into a plane bassinet|
|On the floor|
|On a walk dressed as a flower|
|In a sling while big brother rides a horse|
|Great Gramma's lap- highly recommended!|
|In the baby swing|
|In a toddler bed|
|In the hospital|
|On the kitchen table|
|Camping, surrounded by stuff bags|
|In a carseat|
|Okay- this one definitely does not work|
*Upon further research, I have just learned that "The greatest good for the greatest number" is in fact a Utilitarian quote by Jeremy Bentham, not a Communist quote, as I had previously thought. Who knew.