Sleeping and noise

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I have a lot of families that write in and call me and say, "Can I train my child to sleep through noise because that's what I keep hearing I should do. That way they will sleep anywhere that I bring them." I don't actually believe you can do that. I think it is very much temperament based. I think that if you were able to do it, it would be under four months of age, before day sleep and their circadian rhythm is fully developed. After that, I think that we have to be respectful of our child's need for sleep and a sleep friendly environment, just like us. I couldn't sleep in a kitchen with phones ringing and TVs on, lights on, and people talking. I usually find after four months of age, they do need quiet and dim lighting environment for the best sleep possible.

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Kim West, LCSW-C

Psychotherapist & Author, The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight

Kim West is a mother of two and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has been a practicing child and family social worker for more than 19 years. Known as The Sleep Lady by her clients, over the past 12 years she has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world learn to listen to their intuition, recognize their child’s important cues and behaviors, and gently create changes that promote and preserve his or her healthy sleep habits. 

West has appeared on the Dr. Phil, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby  and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Baby Talk,  Parenting, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent and the Washington Post. West hosts the sleep section of The Newborn Channel, played in maternity wards in hospitals across the country. West is the author of The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy with Joanne Kenen. She is also the author of 52 Sleep Secrets for Babies and The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook.

Kim received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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