Nikki Bella admits to being ‘mum-shamed’ over sleep training her newborn

Nikki Bella with fiance Artem Chigvintsev
Nikki Bella with fiance Artem Chigvintsev Photo: Instagram

Nikki Bella's son is only two months old, but already she's familiar with being mum shamed.

In an episode of her podcast, Total Bellas, the WWE Divas Champion admitted that she faced a lot of judgement from other parents after revealing she was sleep training her son, Matteo.

"I don't know if people thought I was sleep-training [him] like a toddler but no, there's sleep-training for newborns. It's probably what everyone does already," she said to her sister and co-host, Brie, who is mum to two month old son, Buddy and three-year-old daughter, Birdie.

The 36-year-old revealed that her sister sleep trained her children with amazing results so she decided to do the same.


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Bella shared Matteo's first night of sleep training with her followers on social media, saying all was going well so far.

"Here's to eventually sleeping through the night!" she wrote on her Instagram

The mum-of-one said that the negative feedback 'immediately' began pouring in, with people telling her Matteo was too young to be sleep-trained and advising her to 'go with the flow'.

In the podcast, the new mum explained that she was simply trying to get her newborn into a routine, and so far, he's responding well.


 "You feed your baby, you change the diaper, maybe vice versa, and from the moment your baby wakes up, you have your baby up for an hour, then you put your baby down for two hours," she explained.

"For someone like me and my personality, I need a schedule. And it keeps Matteo happy."


Life doesn’t get any better than this ❤️

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Bella recently shared some adorable photos of her son, alongside fiancé Artem Chigvintsev, captioning it, "Life doesn't get any better than this."
Her fiancé immediately agreed, commenting under the photo saying, "Love, love love."
Lauren Wolf, a certified infant and child sleep consultant with Lolo Lullaby, advises parents who are interested in getting their little ones on a solid sleep schedule to be sure to block out a few weeks when sleep training infants.
"So no travel, no dining out, no going to grandma and grandpa's," she said.

"We have them be really strict for two weeks, so that we can give the child the best chance to fall into a solid schedule and start sleeping through the night."