Sleep training your baby is not something parents seek out to do, but if your baby won't sleep or your baby fights sleep, then sleep training may solve your baby sleep problems. Spending hours to put babies to sleep can be frustrating and exhausting! Learn the ins and outs of sleep training with this ultimate guide based on my experience of over 10 years being a sleep consultant. What is Sleep Training? The term "sleep training" used to be associated with the cry it out method, but
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In speaking with clients, I tend to see two types of parents. One type tends to have a mindset something like "Sleep has been bad this long, what's another month or two?" and they are fine with a slower process and expect it to take awhile before their baby sleeps better. The other type is more like "I'm at the end of my rope. I can't take this anymore. Please help me TODAY!" Of course, there are parents in between, but this article is for those parents "at the end of their ropes (or tethers)"
Sleep training your baby can produce lots of emotions: frustration at the pace of sleep coaching, elation at the prospect of a full-night’s sleep, anxiety over the sleep training method…it’s an emotional roller coaster, man! Recently, we turned to some of our valued clients who have recently finished sleep coaching their little ones, and we asked them to share their reflections about the sleep coaching process. Some interesting things emerged: 59% felt unable to function at home and/or
Readers, meet Allison. Ali lives in Pennsylvania and is mom to little Noelle. Noelle was a great sleeper - that is, until the 4 month sleep regression hit! That’s when Ali contacted The Baby Sleep Site® for help. Here’s her story... The Baby Sleep Site: Ali, tell our readers a little bit about Noelle’s sleep history. Ali: My daughter was sleeping through the night by the time she was 3 months old, and she slept great from 3-4 months. Right around 4.5 months, however, she started waking
We talk a lot about sleep training on this blog....A LOT. And over the years, we've come to learn that while many of our readers are generally interested in sleep training, they are specifically interested in gentle sleep training. This makes sense, if you think about it; no parent is eager to hear their child cry, and if it's possible to build healthy sleep habits in a gentle way that involves minimal fussing, many of us would greatly prefer that to the cry it out alternatives. But gentle
Sleep training is work, yes, but it's work with a purpose. As many of our clients would confirm, the payoff of sleep training - a peacefully-sleeping baby or toddler - is well-worth all the work involved in getting to that point. But what about those times when there is no payoff? What if you put days and days of work into sleep training, only to continue experiencing night wakings and erratic or missed naps? Talk about frustrating! If it seems like sleep training has failed in some way,
For many of the exhausted families with whom we work, night weaning and sleep training are both high on the list of priorities. After all, constant night feeds can exhaust even the strongest parents, and a baby who can't fall asleep independently is one who will wake too early from a nap, or wake during the night due to sleep associations, and not out of true hunger. So yeah...when it comes to night weaning and sleep training, most parents would say, "Both, please!" But this raises an
Recently, I took some time to talk with Nicole about all the things she's learned during her years as a sleep consultant, and during the course of the conversation, I asked her, "What do you wish all of our readers knew about sleep coaching?" The result? Today's article - a list of 10 things Nicole wants you to know about sleep coaching. Read on, and hear from Nicole herself! 10 Things Nicole Wants You To Know About Sleep Training Baby and toddler sleep problems do not
Sleep training or helping your baby learn good sleep habits and how to sleep more independently can be the source of many questions. One of the most pressing questions is what sleep training method is right for your baby. This post will cover the 5 most common sleep training methods though there are many variations within each method that you can customize for your baby. One common misconception about sleep training babies (also called sleep coaching) is that there’s only one way to do it.