In some ways, a solid night's sleep is basically the holy grail of parenting. In other ways, it can also feel as elusive and nonexistent as the Abominable Snowman or Bigfoot. Still, that doesn't seem to deter parents from ceaselessly trying to achieve the near impossible goal of putting their child to bed successfully. Regardless of how much effort you are putting into making sure your little one's environment is slumber-friendly, there are actually plenty of things you do every day that are keeping your baby from getting sleep — and you may not even realize it.
Before you beat yourself up for unintentionally sabotaging your baby's bedtime habits, you can rest assured that every parent out there has gone through the same thing. The same way I was utterly convinced that I was the only mother to ever accidentally nick her baby's finger with nail clippers, I've learned that struggling to establish a healthy sleep routine is anything but rare. Thankfully, the first step to getting your little one's slumber schedule back on track is by learning about what you should and shouldn't do. Once you know, you'll be prepared moving forward. So in case you're wondering if any of your habits make the list, check out these everyday things you do that are keeping your baby from getting sleep.