Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this! You are awesome! HIGH FIVE. This is Part 1 of my series of Sleep Training the Night Owl blog posts. Starting with the basics (that I found on the internet but summarized for you.)
HOW TO PREPARE BABY FOR SLEEP TRAINING:
Doctors usually recommend sleep training babies from 4-6 months, because that is usually the time when babies start to sleep longer and require less feedings during the night. BUT! Some babies may be ready at an older age, so if you are unsure it is best to ask your pediatrician/ doctor.
TIPS & TRICKS
- Have a talk with your doctor. Sometimes babies will go through wake ups at night due to illness or a growth spurt, for e.g. teething or learning to crawl (my little one did that.) But it can also be due to something serious, for e.g. sleep apnea or reflux. So if you think it might be a medical condition, its best to talk to your doctor to rule it out before you start sleep training.
- Be consistent. Develop a schedule for nap time and bed time. The obvious I guess – its so your little one gets used to it and learns that “hey its time to sleep!” Makes them feel more relaxed. You can use bedtime routines to help as well, for e.g.: warm bath, story-time, lullaby then to sleep.
- Have a few weeks of usual-ness. Don’t plan to sleep train if you’re going through something that will alter your schedule greatly. For example: moving to a new house, going on a vacation, guests coming to stay over or birth of a new baby. The idea is ‘not to have disruptions to the normal flow of life at home’ – Emily DeJeu, babysleepsite.com. Because being consistent will help you in any sleep training process.
- Choose a sleep training method and try it! There are several kinds of sleep training methods such as cry-it out, fading and no-tears àlinks on these below. Choose one that you are comfortable in. However, take note, one method of sleep training that might work on your friend’s baby, might not work for yours. Or one method that worked for your first child might not work for the second. Babies are different, I’ve got only one so far but really, you will understand in time how even in these small bodies…they’ve got so many different characters.
Check out the different kinds of methods in detail on babycenter.com :
i) No-tears: http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-training-no-tears-methods_1497581.bc
ii) Fading: http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-training-fading-methods_10413749.bc
iii) Cry-it-out: http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-training-cry-it-out-methods_1497112.bc
OR try the one that worked for me featured on part 2.
What worked for you? 😀
Bibliography (can’t escape this ;D )
BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board. “Baby Sleep Training: The Basics.”BabyCenter. BabyCenter, L.L.C., May 2016. Web. 21 July 2016.
DeJeu, Emily. “5 Things to Do before Sleep Training.” Www.babysleepsite.com. The Baby Sleep Site, n.d. Web. 21 July 2016.