Sleep training takes time and dedication, but can help your baby sleep better. Improve your baby’s sleeping habits by selecting the correct method and choosing an appropriate start time. Read this article and learn how to teach your baby to sleep independently.
It is important to understand all the options available to you to make a well-informed decision. There is a lot of information about sleep training. Some information may seem contradictory, confusing or controversial. As with any big decision in life, you must do the research!
Sleep training is not about neglecting your baby, nor is it about ignoring your baby’s needs. Sleep training is about teaching your baby to fall asleep independently. Your baby will need assistance learning how to fall asleep independently. You can show them with love, encouragement and lots of practice!
Consistency is the key to success when it comes to sleep training. It is very helpful to introduce healthy sleep routines and habits as early as possible. If you haven’t already, start by introducing a sleep routine before sleep training. The sleep routine can include things like bath time, teeth brushing, and story reading. You may also consider clearing your calendar for the next few weeks before you start. Sleep training requires time, patience and practice. Make sure your partner is on board too!
There are different stages as your baby’s sleep cycle mature are sleep survival (newborn to 2 months), sleep learning (3 to 4 months), and sleep training (5 to 6 months). Here is what you can expect in each of these phases.
As a newborn your baby needs a lot of sleep. At this point don’t worry about schedules, routines, and sleep habits. The only thing you need to worry about right now is that you are getting enough sleep! By the time your baby is 3 to 4 months, your baby can learn about routines and schedules. Start to introduce a bedtime routine and healthy sleep habits. When your baby is 5 to 6 months, you can start to introduce some sleep training and teaching your baby how to self-soothe. Beyond this anytime is a good time to sleep train. Even toddlers can be sleep trained!
There are several sleep-training methods. Only you can decide which method is right for you and your baby. The different methods are explained here so you can decide which is the best option for you and your family.
If you can’t bare the thought of your baby crying, then start with a gentler method. You know best what is the crying tolerance level of your baby. If a method sounds too intense or doesn’t feel right, then don’t do it. Choose a gentler option.
It is worth mentioning that you and your partner may have different levels of comfort and tolerance to crying. Talk it through and find a method works for your family. You can always alter a method to fit your needs.
Before you begin do the research, discuss with your partner which approach is best for your baby. Commit as a family and choose a method. Check your calendar and block out a start date for the program, staying clear of trips, events or other disruptions.
Sleep training is a lot of work. It takes patience and dedication. Like any new skill, it takes time to learn it. Practice and consistency are the key. Stick to the plan for 2 to 4 weeks and your baby will succeed in mastering the art of sleeping independently. Believe in yourself and your baby… you got this!
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