In my experience there are few universal truths to motherhood. For example, no matter what choices you make your kids will probably turn out just fine. Of course, the downside is that people will likely judge you for those very same choices. When it comes to how you get your baby to sleep, it seems like everyone has an opinion, especially if you decide to sleep train your baby. In fact, some of the things people say when you're sleep training are pretty awful.
Trust me, I would know. Before my youngest baby was born, I was adamantly against sleep training. I thought it was cruel and heartless, and that I could never and would never do it. Unlike some people, though, I had the common decency to keep those thoughts to myself. Then reality and sleep deprivation and desperation reared their ugly heads, and my partner and I decided to sleep train our youngest. And when my husband magically sleep-trained our child in about three days, I change my mind about sleep training. Hell, I wish we had tried it sooner.
Like any proud parent, I started telling other parents about our sleep training success. What a mistake that was, though. I was on the receiving end of some truly horrible, judgmental, and untrue responses and comments. For example, I was told I would permanently damage my child by letting him cry for minutes in his crib, or that I clearly loved sleep more than my child.
I’m not a monster for sleep training my baby, though, and despite what anyone else says. My baby simply needed some help learning how to fall asleep, and sleep training worked for our family. And over the years I’ve learned not to let the haters get to me, especially when they say awful things. My child finally sleeping through the night was totally worth it.