Normalizing biologically normal infant sleep by providing parents with the critical sleep education that mainstream society isn’t talking about. This course will teach you how to naturally thrive through early parenthood, get into a connected flow with your child, and finally get more precious rest.
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As soon as you become a new parent, it’s hard to miss everyone around you advocating for sleep methods like non-responsive sleep training, cry-it-out (CIO), controlled crying, and spaced soothing. I remember being at a mother's group myself and hearing other mums talking about a "chair method" and thinking...what is that?!
Baby registries and store shelves are filled with gadgets and devices promising a perfect night’s sleep—but what they don't tell you is that they're asking you to ignore your maternal hardwiring, bury your instincts, and shut out what your baby is trying to tell you.
As you strive to find your own path, the sleep talk at meet-ups start to make you feel uneasy. Your stomach cramps at the thought of having conversations about sleep with anyone from your mother-in-law, to a woman at the park, to a daycare worker - whose commentary ranges between:
“Is he sleeping through the night?”
“I hope you’re putting her down drowsy but awake.”
“He should be self-soothing by now. Consolidated sleep is critical for
healthy brain development.”
“Oh, he’s just manipulating you, dear. He’s got you wrapped around his tiny eight-week-old little finger.”
Discouraging, isn’t it?
So what are you to do?
Because no matter how a sleep training method is marketed – whether it claims to be “gentle” or not – it’s just a variation on refusing to be responsive to a baby’s communication. The simple fact is that intentionally ignoring a
baby isn’t a good idea.
Because all the other “good babies” are sleeping through the night. All the other mothers had the “guts to do it”.
Are you failing as a mother?
Will your baby ever be able to sleep alone?
Are your baby’s sleep patterns normal?
Will he ever fall asleep without nursing?
Are you creating bad habits?
Are your choices going to destroy your marriage?
Will your family think you’re strange when they realise that you bedshare?
Will you ever feel less exhausted?
And so, you ask yourself...
You feel the tug-of-war between your old life and this new life that nobody came close to explaining what it would really be like; how intense a baby’s need for his mother truly is, how boundless motherhood would feel.
You’re simply trying to honour your baby’s needs—while striving to meet yours at the same time. You’re integrating with a new being. You’re learning how to let your guard down and allow this little creature to be wholly dependent on you; an unfamiliar feeling after being so fiercely independent for so long.
It’s all such new territory.
LET YOUR INTUITION ROAR
It’s entirely false that your baby is manipulating you if they vomit in their crib— it’s because they’re so stressed out that they’ve cried themselves sick.
It’s complete BS that babies shouldn’t be wakeful throughout the night and need consolidated sleep to prevent negative impacts on their brain development.
It’s not true that just because your baby has stopped crying in the middle of the night, that they’ve also stopped waking—they’ve simply stopped trying to communicate as a result of being ignored.
It’s a physical impossibility for infants to “self-soothe” - their neocortex, the rational & analytical part of the brain that enables us to assess a situation and mediate our response, is extremely undeveloped at this stage of life.
You don’t need multiple age-specific sleep courses or to completely shift what you’re doing every few months. There are no substantial differences in the way your baby needs you to approach their sleep needs between 0 to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, or as toddlers - infancy is simply defined as 0 to 3 years of age. In this course, we will, however, address the important aspects of brain development and growth milestones that are occurring and when, and how you can pivot when you need to.
Good things being said by the Mama Tribe
My child is doing the biologically normal thing when she wakes and nurses, and I am as well when I respond to her and nurse her and cuddle her and bed share with her. It took me 12 months to accept my instincts were right, and its thanks to RG that helped me get there.
- DANIELLE C.
Thank you for creating this platform that empowers our instincts in this modern world where we're constantly having to face a new device that's trying to replace us moms. Without this community, I probably would have fallen into that trap and tried every device. But instead, I'm still breastfeeding a toddler all throughout the night and confidently educating others who tell me or other moms they should stop breastfeeding/co-sleeping/ following their instincts.
- MORGAN W.
Rested, no longer sleep-deprived, and able to care for yourself and those who need you
Connected to your baby throughout the night, and not lying in bed feeling hopelessly anxious
Informed of the real science regarding infant sleep that society likes to get twisted (often for the sake of big business)
Happy and confident about your nighttime choices
Unashamed of what anyone else thinks - whether your parents, friends, or even your pediatrician
Reassured that bedsharing or breastsleeping doesn’t mean sacrificing intimacy with your partner
Present and at ease, not distracted by endless doubt and googling
Proud of your parenting and at peace with the the ‘as is’ of your baby’s sleep
In a flow with your child as healthy attachment is fostered
I'M READY FOR THIS
BRAND NEW & NOW ENROLLING FOR
This course is the difference between going to dance class and being told to perfectly follow each step - versus - being taught to feel the beat of the music and empowering you to find your own rhythm. It is my greatest hope that you’ll be able to get in tune with your child and start dancing through their days of infancy together, rather than following a one-size-fits-all prescription.
THE course breakdown
How nighttime parenting practices have evolved & modernized
How nighttime parenting has been industrialized
The history of ‘arms length’ parenting, the rise of the child-centric approach, when & why sleep trainers later striked back, and the return of the gentle parent
How medical doctors have impacted the experience of motherhood
To kick things off, we’ll start by taking a look back at the history of sleep. You’ll learn:
The neurobiology of sleep
How hormones and circadian rhythm impacts sleep
What’s meant by ‘sleep architecture’ for both adults and babies
Appropriate sleep duration and night waking
The differences between parasympathetic NS and sleep vs. Sympathetic NS and freeze-sleep
The role of naps while creating healthful nighttime sleep patterns
With an understanding of where things have been as well as what’s fact versus what’s fiction, we’ll dig deeper into the science behind biologically-normal infant sleep, including:
A clear overview of infant brain development
How humans are innately wired for attachment
What you need to know about neuroplasticity and responsive parenting
Understanding brain balance and attachment
Next, it’s critical to have a foundational understanding of how your child’s brain is developing during various growth stages, how that affects their sleep patterns, and how you can prepare yourself to provide the most helpful responses to it all. We’ll cover:
What attachment is and the four different attachment styles
The six stages of attachment developed by Dr. Gordon Neufeld and how each stage unfolds over the first six years
The importance of forming a secure attachment and practical examples of what it looks like in action
The four parenting styles to help you better understand yours
You’re likely familiar with the term attachment, but there’s also a lot of confusion around what it means when it comes to parenting. Some people worry it can become a negative, and slow the development of independence. We’ll do a deep dive and set the record straight by covering:
What sleep training is, whether it works or not, and why parents feel they need to do it
The myth of self-soothing and the profound impacts of babies crying alone
Whether sleep training is harmful and if babies can later recover from it
After touching on the concept of sleep training in Module 1, we’ll come back to further address:
A science-based understanding of SIDS, including the primary causes of it
What, if any, correlation there is between breastsleeping and SIDS
How to make sleep environments safe and confidently avoid ASSB
As cosleeping and bedsharing are an alternative to sleep training, we’re addressing one of the most important (and feared) aspects of nighttime parenting—sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB). You’ll gain:
Bedsharing around the globe
Why families choose to bedshare
How bedsharing can keep babies safe
The benefits of bedsharing
How bedsharing impacts a mother’s sleep
My best tips for how to bedshare in practice (and make it comfortable)
Deciding on your family’s nighttime sleep situation can be loaded with confusion. In this module, we’ll be looking at the evidence for shared sleep - within various cultures - and how to ensure it’s both safe and comfortable for everyone involved.
Benefits of nighttime breastfeeding for babies
Benefits of nighttime breastfeeding for mothers
How breastfeeding and bedsharing go hand in hand
As breastfeeding and infant sleep are inextricably linked, we’ll get into the nitty gritty and cover the when, why, and how of this ever-important (and often debated) topic.
How to create and get into a bedtime rhythm with your child and partner
How to optimise the sleep environment for adequate rest and ease
How to navigate tricky times and discover sweet spots
The art of caring for the caregiver (you’ll love this one, mama!)
Natural remedies for sleep when you still feel like you’re not getting enough
How to optimise naps as well as troubleshooting wakefulness
Babywearing and sleep
To help you get into a rhythm with your family, we’ll discuss ways to optimise each of the suggested behaviors thus far, including:
The art of caring for the caregiver (you’ll love this one, mama!)
How to realistically ‘do’ self care…even as a new mum
How to manage your own sleep needs
Techniques to calm your own nervous system in times of low sleep and high stress
How to embrace change and accept uncertainty
Understanding matrescence - the birth of a mother - and all the physical, mental, and emotional transitions you’re undergoing
This module is all about you, mama. Because this course is centered around helping you and your baby thrive together.
GOOD THINGS BEING SAID ABOUT RAISED GOOD
As I read your most recent post brought me to tears— my arm & wrist numb from holding & bouncing my almost 20lb 4m old. I felt held in the net of mothers in that moment. Especially because I was just talking to my husband this morning about something more sustainable for our sleepless nights! Gratitude for the growth that comes from the dark, long nights. Thank you.
- CARRLEE D.
While I have never seen myself as someone who needs permission to do what I felt was right, becoming a mother filled me with so much self doubt and anxiety that I needed support and I found it, and felt it, in Tracy’s words. I can still remember the relief I felt in discovering Tracy’s kind, science-based approach to baby sleep and life with babies and children in general. Any time I felt uncertain, her words would soothe my concerns and fill me with calm so I could confidently parent in connection with my child, day or night.
- HELAINE D.
I just wanted to say thank you! From the bottom of my heart. If only more of “you” flooded the internet instead of the cultural norm thought process. Thank you for being a mom that goes against the norm.
- JEN H.
While pregnant, mainstream information taught me I wasn't a good parent unless my baby was sleeping alone, and through the night. Once I brought my daughter home from the hospital, I immediately started cosleeping with her. That's when I found Raised Good. I learned I was the best mother to my daughter when I was responsive to her cries, fed her on demand, and slept beside her. She has only felt love, and I've never let her feel alone.
- KATHLEEN V.
A sleep training course disguised as something different.
A course described as ‘gentle parenting’ but that feels entirely mainstream.
A how-to manual for the ‘cry it out’ method.
A method that essentially says ‘Don’t sleep train but good luck!’
A prescriptive method telling you how to parent by the book
A fluffy, one-sided, or combative approach
Help you to feel reassured, rather than shamed or scared into something
Be able to calmly & comfortable navigate conversations with other parents and adults who don’t support your methods
Allow you to practically, specifically, and safely embrace cosleeping
Feel empowered to move away from endless gadgets, devices & strategies that attempt to replace your child’s need for you
Be supplied with evidence-based research and knowledge to continue pursuing a gentler, more natural path
Stop questioning your instincts and understand what’s biologically normal
Feel validated and less alone, while helping everyone to find more rest in the process
Here’s What The Sleepy Baby is Not
Here’s What The Sleepy Baby Will Do For You & Your Family
I'M SO READY FOR THIS
Every Raised Good course or digital product is diligently poured over to create the highest quality and most effective education possible. That being said, if you choose to enroll in The Sleepy Baby, and decide with certainty that it’s not for you, get in touch and we’ll issue a full refund within 14 days of purchase. We believe in and stand behind what’s being taught that much.
A fellow mum and the founder, writer, and advocate behind the award-winning blog, Raised Good—a guide to natural parenting in the modern world.
I first started blogging in 2016 during my son’s naps, and since then, I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response, the 1 million+ readers, and the global community that’s formed.
The common thread between us, is the growing sense that the way culture tells us to raise our children isn’t working.
More specifically, infant sleep is both one of the most all-consuming aspects of early parenthood and one of the most widely debated topics. This has led to more confusion and questioning than answers.
While I may not have all of them, I’m willing to walk alongside you in asking the tough questions, advocating for our kids and for you…their brave and amazing parent.
Further, infant sleep is something that I’m enduringly passionate about.
The bulk of this course is the result of my tireless and extensive research on sleep (think 200+ academic journals), including a plethora of completed trainings to become an Infant Sleep Educator (ISE).
After pregnancy and the birth of your child, sleep is the first big challenge we parents face - and particularly for breastfeeding moms.
While your journey is yours and yours alone, I’d be remiss not to share the realities of our innate biology as a carrying species. A young infant’s stomach is smaller than a marble, and breastmilk is low in protein, so it’s only natural that our children need to feed every 2 to 3 hours.
And so, when we go with the flow of biology, and we keep them with us, they don’t need to escalate their communication to the point of exhaustion, or to sleep so deeply to the point where the SIDS statistic increases.
It’s developmentally appropriate for an eighteen-month-old to wake multiple times a night. It’s biologically normal to nurse a one, two, or three-year-old to sleep (and throughout the evening).
Inside The Sleepy Baby, I’m sharing my years of personal experience as a mum, my dedication to scientifically-based research, my countless hours pouring over academic journals, and my conversations with other parents across the planet (not just in Western society).
You get both a factual education and guidance for real life implementation.
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- KATHLEEN V.
- ELENA M.
You’re pregnant, newly a parent, or the parent of a child under 3 years of age.
You want to get away from the notion of ‘sleep training’ or any method resembling ‘cry it out’.
You're a breastfeeding mother who wants to feel proud of your choice to nurse through the night, not shamed for it.
You’re exhausted by the lack of success (and sleep deprivation) from what you’re currently doing.
You want to have a clear, factual understanding of what does and doesn’t define normal infant sleep.
You want to confidently respond to others who question your choices, not out of shame or anger, but sound reason and pride.
You need real life stories and examples of what bedsharing looks like - in a world that’s constantly showing us cribs, sheets, and devices.
You need specific guidance to ensure your adult bed is a safe space for your baby.
You need nonjudgemental comfort, love, and support from a community of parents who are trying as hard as you are to be the best mom/dad you can be.
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While there’s merit to this question because much of sleep training focuses on improving the parent’s lifestyle, rather than nurturing the child’s needs, the benefits to you and entire family are vast. What’s being taught in this course is underpinned by a combination of evidence and gentleness, and seeks to deepen your family’s bond, stop fighting biologically normal behaviors, and experience more ease and rest as a result. You’ll be able to stop second-guessing every decision and feel confident in the choices you’re making.
No, it is not. This course fosters a gentle approach with an emphasis on cosleeping/bedsharing.
Certainly. You can learn more about the two available enrollment options here.
Good question! The guides zero in on the science behind sleep and essentially share my summary of 200+ peer-reviewed journal articles on topics such as SIDS & safety, crying, bedsharing, and breastfeeding through the night. The course is simply way more comprehensive, as well as provides practical ideas and personal anecdotes throughout my own sleep journey - all brought to life.
Truthfully, for young babies, this course is geared towards breastfeeding/chestfeeding mums as breastfeeding and infant sleep are inextricably linked. I don't wish or mean to exclude anyone - however, if you’ve decided to bottle feed and crib sleep in a separate room, there are other courses to better help with that and The Sleepy Baby likely isn’t the best fit for you. If you’re bottle feeding an older baby though and would like to to parent through connection at nighttime, this course will be great for you. If you have any questions, please email and ask us at email@example.com
No matter what some may say, it is physically impossible to spoil your child by being responsive. Babies don’t manipulate, they communicate. So, trust your instincts. Follow your innate wisdom and believe your baby.