Sleep training is an important part of a baby’s growth. Parents also need some time to take rest after a tiring day. If both parents work or have jobs, it becomes harder for them.
Even if the mother and father take turns, still it would only tire them. And this is the reason why parents train their babies. With so many techniques and methods for sleep training, this has become easier.
In this article, we will explain all the things relevant to baby sleep training. After reading this, you will know why it is important to train your baby. Or at what age you can start the training and much more.
Let’s start without any delay!
What is sleep training?
By sleep training, it means that you train or help out your baby to fall asleep. So your baby can stay asleep throughout the whole night. Now, the learning and time taken all depend on the baby.
Some babies learn and adapt to it faster than others. Whereas others may throw tantrums and give you a hard time. It also depends on parents and their patience level.
When to start sleep training?
Experts recommend that parents should start training between 4 and 6 months. When babies reach 4 months, they often develop a sleep-wake cycle. Though it may not be regular yet it changes with time and they drop night feedings.
Once you notice these signs, it is high time to start the training. Some will learn early and get the perfect sleep pattern and others might take time.
Yet every baby is unique and has its own temperament and nature. Then can be calm and eager to learn or can be fussy and cry a lot when you try to train them.
How to prepare for sleep training?
You can follow these simple and easy tips to prepare your baby for the training.
If you want your baby should learn without creating any fuss, then set up a routine. Without a proper bedtime routine, they won’t be any use of training the baby.
6 months old is an ideal age to start with the routine practice. You can also start if the baby is above 6 months or less. This routine can comprise reading him a book, a warm bath or singing a lullaby.
Often the baby would get used to the routine and learn how to sleep on his own. But if the baby is persistent on crying or won’t sleep even after hours. There might be some problems.
Since the baby can’t talk or explain if he is sick or in pain. The only signal is the excess crying. Look out for such a sign and contact the doctor.
Predictable daytime schedule
Apart from training a night routine, you also need to look for the daytime sleep pattern. If your baby sleeps in the daytime for a longer period then he won’t sleep at night.
So try to wake him up after short naps and feed him. When you will wake him up at the same time every day, it will develop a habit. And eventually, he will start waking up on his own at that particular time.
If there is no consistency in the baby’s bedtime, he will feel tired and annoyed. As recommended by the experts, go for bedtime that is between 7 and 8 o’clock.
In this period the baby would get a night of sound sleep and wake up fresh rather than overtired. And soon the routine would settle down for both; parents and baby.
Sleep training options
These are the most common approaches used by parents in sleep training.
- The no-tears approach
- The fading approach
- The cry it out approach
It depends on parents whether they want to opt for sleep training or not. The majority of parents choose to take this step because they also want some peaceful time. Or they are working parents and get tired by the end of the day.
Others might not believe in doing this. So it is your call but if you want to, you can read this article for basic guidance.