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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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
CIO, or cry it out, is a controversial subject and one that has been dividing parents for at least 2 decades. But in the opinion of our expert sleep consultants, the larger problem with CIO is that some parents assume ALL sleep training is CIO; they assume that sleep training is just letting your baby cry until he/she stops waking up at night and stops waking early from naps. Cry It Out Is Not Sleep Training You can imagine how frustrating it is for our team to combat this misconception.
Our team does quite a few Personalized Sleep Plans® every week, but while we can give you the best of plans, it doesn't mean anything if you and your baby are not ready for it. So how do you know you're ready to sleep train? Glad you asked! Below is a 10-point checklist designed to help you determine if you and your baby or toddler are ready for sleep training. 10-Point Checklist To Help You Determine If It's Time To Sleep Train ☑ Your baby has preferences. Babies will
Starting sleep training is tough, but is the most important step you'll take. Doing the sleep training is a lot of work, but it's so worth it once you start seeing results! But finishing sleep training? Is it always clear when you are done sleep training? As surprising as it might seem, the answer is no. Success in sleep training, like so many things in our lives, is a continuum; one family's "done" is another family's "still working. Knowing when sleep training is finished depends so much
Does the term "sleep training" conjure up images of wailing babies and agonized parents? If so, then I hope what I'm about to say next will help paint a different picture for you: sleep training does not have to involve hours of crying. Sleep training does not have to mean you listening to your baby wail because you're not "allowed" to offer any comfort. Simply put, sleep training does not mean letting your baby cry it out. So what does sleep training mean? Sleep training is merely the
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,
We've established before that you can indeed breastfeed successfully while you sleep train - sleep training does not mean the end of breastfeeding! In fact, we here at The Baby Sleep Site® are deeply committed to ensuring that breastfeeding moms sleep train in a way that both preserves their breastfeeding, and that achieves better sleep for their babies. However, in order to sleep train successfully while also keeping breastfeeding a priority, it is necessary to keep some key facts in mind.