How to raise a healthy baby, sleep training
In a new book, a sleep expert calls for parents to “wake up” and be aware of their baby’s needs while they are sleeping.
“When you are awake, you should be aware that your baby’s body is being used for some kind of purpose and that you are providing him with a quality of life,” wrote Dr. Linda A. Miller, director of the Center for Sleep at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Miller’s book, The Sleep Master’s Guide to Baby and Toddler Care, is an excerpt from a larger new book by the same title that’s available through Amazon.
Miller will give a presentation at a sleep-training conference next week.
In her book, Miller says it’s important for parents and grandparents to be aware “that the sleep environment is important for the well-being of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.”
“I think parents should wake up when they are in bed,” Miller told CBS News.
“They should be alert to the fact that they are not the only one who is awake and not the sole focus of attention.”
Miller said parents and caregivers need to “step up their game” when it comes to baby and toddler sleep.
She said parents need to take a closer look at how the sleep they’re getting is being spent, what they’re doing to help their babies sleep, and how they can do their part to help prevent the baby from getting too sleepy.
“We are doing everything we can to help them sleep better and better,” Miller said.
Miller also noted that babies and toddlers need to be taught how to fall asleep.
She said she believes the new book is a welcome change to the sleep-learning approach used by parents and medical professionals.
“If you want to make sure that your babies sleep well, you have to be more proactive,” Miller added.
“If you’re not, your babies will get sick.”
The new book covers everything from infant care to the right to sleep in the home.
The Sleep Master also says parents need a way to help the baby’s immune system recover, and she says it needs to be used to teach babies how to cope with challenges.
It’s really about being able to look at yourself, and see what your goals are.”