Amrita Saraf is a Baby Sleep Consultant who advocates using gentle methods for giving babies and parents a good sleep. She aims to help parents put their babies to sleep without getting stressed or worked up.
Q) What does a baby sleep consultant do?
Amrita Saraf – I educate a huge amount of educated parents on the right practices about the importance of sleep and what is needed to ensure that the kids are sleeping well in each phase of their lives because they go from newborns to infants and toddlers to preschoolers; so sleep patterns change with age.
We all know that once the babies come out, sleep deprivation becomes a huge part of our lives temporarily. But yes, it’s possible to ensure that parents get a good amount of rest and sleep. So I guide them and educate them on their child’s sleep and sleep.
Q) Why did you choose to be a baby sleep consultant?
Amrita Saraf – When my daughter was born, we had massive sleep issues. That was a major pain in our lives because there’s very little information and guidance on sleep. Hospitals back you up, but when we get home, we are clueless.
I would struggle because she would cry in the wee hours of the morning. Then I knew that something was off, and I had to figure out what was going wrong. So I dove into the whole world of baby sleep and started educating myself. When I did that, I started making positive changes in my daughter’s routine, and I could see magical results in less than a week.
Then I started reading more and more, and that’s how it started. That’s how my journey started when the process of sleep deprivation and self-destruction started, and I think everybody has to thank my daughter for this!
Q) What do you think about this generation’s sleeping schedules?
Amrita Saraf – I feel you need to enjoy life because once you hit 30, your routine will get exhausting. I also believe that we are only in our twenties once, and it’s okay not to sleep, have fun, get dressed, etc. As we grow, we manage and figure things out while also trying to keep up with those things.
As we grow, our bodies and priorities change, so enjoy while you can; it’s okay. Talking about the kids born now, I hope that many positive changes come because parents like me are taking the ordinance and the responsibility of educating themselves. I always said that how we were raised could not be how we raise our kids because that world doesn’t exist anymore.
Many other consultants, like a lactation consultant, only educate mothers on the right breastfeeding practices to support breastfeeding, so I’m glad that is happening. Young parents are responsible for educating and empowering themselves with the right knowledge, so we have a lot in store.
Q) What changes did becoming a mom bring in you?
Amrita Saraf – It has completely transformed me as a person. It has made me stronger, more driven, and more focused. It is also ironic I have learned to stand up for myself and demand better from life and the people around me.
I think a little bit of sleep deprivation at the beginning was a very small price to pay for all of the positive changes that came into play. Of course, my career completely transformed after she was born, so I always tell my friends that I’m not successful despite motherhood, but I am successful because of it. It has completely changed my life and everything.
If you go to my Instagram, it says that I help your baby sleep without sleep training. Sleep training essentially involves making your baby cry which I don’t believe in because it goes against any parent’s and my business instincts; my methods are very gentle.
I am a huge advocate of respect and responsiveness, meaning we should treat little kids with the same amount of respect that we do for adults. They deserve our respect because I strongly believe that sleep is not a skill that can be taught. I don’t use any effort; I only apply empowerment to education because I believe in modern knowledge.
Q)What has motivated you to get through your tough times?
Amrita Saraf – My family and especially my husband because he is the wind beneath my wings. I feel like I’m very ambitious as a person, and I’m constantly restless. I like it because it pushes me to upskill and keep learning. I have this innate desire always to learn, so that keeps me on my toes and doesn’t allow me to get lazy.
You have to make your own rules, be disciplined, and be your boss. When I started my journey, all I was doing was helping others. That was very challenging because I was in the trenches of parenting and motherhood at that stage. So I think my thirst for knowledge is what keeps me going.
Sometimes I would feel completely lost and alone because there was no guidance or person I could turn to. So this desire to help fellow mothers and this constant need to keep going motivates me to get back up and grow in life.
Q) What advice would you want to give new mothers?
Amrita Saraf – I think first and foremost if we want our kids to be better people, we must also model it. If I want my child to be confident and fearless, if I’m not, I can’t ask my child to be that way if I’m not like that. Parenting also takes a huge toll on your mental health, sometimes opening up many layers of your past.
It’s very important to work on areas where you are struggling; only then will you be mentally healthy and eventually keep your kids mentally healthy; it all starts with us because your cup is very important.
Also, please listen to maternal instincts and don’t let someone else undermine your confidence as a mother because you’re all learning on the job. This role will make you grow along with your baby, so be confident and don’t be scared of standing up for yourself.
Amrita Saraf strives to educate more people on Baby Sleep Consultation while also urging people to get educated on this topic. She aims to be the torch-bearer of giving gentle sleeping methods to babies.
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