When Can we start sleep training?
This is a tricky question and probably the top question asked. Most pediatricians and sleep experts say anywhere between 3-6 months little ones can sleep through the night without any feedings. One of the most common sleep props is the comfort feed better known as breastfeeding to sleep. Around 3-6 months you can test your little one to see if they are truly hungry or just using you for comfort to fall back to sleep. Not only do the little ones have to be ready, everyone involved has to be ready too. It's important to be consistent and the parents should be just as ready as the little one.
What is the best way to put my baby down to sleep ?
The best way to put your baby down to sleep is drowsy but awake. Yes, I did say it... awake. Sleep training is all about teaching little ones independent sleep. When you teach independent sleep, after a sleep cycle is over, they are able to put themselves back to sleep without the help of Mom or Dad. Putting your little one down drowsy but awake allows them to figure out the way to fall asleep on their own and is the start of great sleep for everyone involved!
Do we have to cry it out?
Absolutely not! Sleep training is not just crying out. There are very gentle sleep training options what we like to call "no cry sleep solutions" and more firm methods. The very gentle options do take longer and parents often switch to a different method. It's all about what your comfortable with and we have options that meet each families needs.
It’s really easy to blame teething every time a little one is cranky, tired, and fussy. In fact it might be the most common excuse we hear for poor sleepers. Studies have shown that teething only causes most little ones discomfort 3-4 days before the tooth erupts and 2-3 days after it pokes through. This is not a 6 month long process. The temperament of a “teething” baby is identical to the temperament of an infant/toddler with poor sleep habits. Once their sleep habits have made positive changes the true colors show and parents realize teething does not effect sleep.