Maybe you’ve heard of a fantasyland where babies quietly drift off into a peaceful slumber. A magical place where infants fall asleep without fuss and parents enjoy hours of restful sleep. Sound like a pipedream? Well, fret not as infant sleep training may be just the key for a good night’s sleep.
Before we get started, remember that every baby is different. This includes how babies fall asleep. What works for one family at bedtime may not work for another. But, there are few steadfast tips which often help in developing positive sleeping habits, regardless of your baby’s current sleep patterns.
What is Infant Sleep Training?
In general, infant sleep training is the process of teaching good sleep habits and putting your baby to sleep without very little to no fuss. Ultimately the goal is for your little one to sleep through the night.
Today we’ll review a few of our beginner’s tips to infant sleep training.
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Baby hasn’t slept more than 45 minutes at a time, an hour at most, maybe even less. You’re cranky, of course, from sleep deprivation. Plus, the demands of taking care of a tiny little one, a household, other children, your relationship, a paid job, and everything else—it’s all taking a toll!
You have to do something, but what?
Encourage your sweet baby to sleep through the night. It’s a process called sleep training and there are several sleep training methods out there to choose from. I’ll go over a few below.
Cry It Out (CIO)
Express your frustration of getting zero hours of sleep from being up and down all night with the baby and you’ll likely hear a parent recommend this one: Cry It Out.
When some parents and pediatricians say, let them cry it out, most aren’t referencing any one particular method of sleep training. They’re calling for you to let … Continue reading
Does your newborn sleep like a dream while the sun is out, but is ready to throw a party in the middle of the night? You may have heard that the cause of this is that your baby “has his days and nights mixed up.” The reason many newborns have this common problem is because they have not yet developed a circadian rhythm.
A circadian rhythm is essentially an internal body clock that gives your baby cues about when she should sleep and when she should be awake. It generally takes 2-4 months for an infant to develop a good circadian rhythm. It is essential to work towards helping your baby develop a strong circadian rhythm. As you may know if your baby has her days and nights mixed up, it is usually not the amount that she sleeps that is the problem- it’s that she doesn’t want to sleep when you do! Try the … Continue reading
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A clear 7-day plan outlining what to do each day to help your child sleep better within one week. Before and after guidance to prepare you for the week of sleep training and set you up for success afterwards. Troubleshooting support that offers specific advice for course correcting if your baby has a sleep setback.
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You may have heard that the key to good sleep for your baby is allowing them to fall asleep on their own. When babies are newborns, most parents expect that they’ll need to help baby get to sleep, whether that’s by rocking, walking, bouncing, nursing, bottle feeding, or any other prop! However, as your baby gets older and continues having regular wakeups, you may wonder, “When will my baby be old enough to fall asleep on their own and sleep through the night?”
First, let’s talk a little bit about why it’s important for a baby to learn to fall asleep independently. Every person, babies included, wake on average 2-6 times per night. If a child only knows how to fall asleep when she is being rocked or fed, every time she wakes she will cry out and signal that she needs to get back to sleep, and therefore she needs to be rocked or fed. If a child … Continue reading
Is your 6 month old still not sleeping? I think every parent has heard some version of this encouragement. When your baby is a newborn, they tell you that his sleep will get better by 3 months. When your baby hits 3 months and the sleep is still chaotic, they reassure you that it will definitely get better by 6 months. When your baby turns six months old and you haven’t gotten a full night of sleep since they were born, you may be thinking, “Maybe some babies can sleep through the night, but apparently my baby can’t!”
This is unfortunately more common than not! A small percentage of babies- typically the ones with more laidback personalities- will develop good or “easy” sleep habits, or begin sleeping through the night without any sort of intervention. A very large percentage will continue to have night wakings and poor sleep habits without parental intervention, up to age 5 years old … Continue reading
Are you finding yourself constantly frustrated trying to get your baby down for bedtime and regular naps? You’re not alone! Trying to figure out how to make a baby sleep is a common worry. Sleep is one of the main things that parents agonize over when it comes to their little ones. And this problem doesn’t just affect new parents- often seasoned parents of multiple children find that they are at a loss when it comes to their little one’s sleep. The important thing to remember is that there are many things that can be done to help your baby sleep better.
How to Make a Baby Sleep in 3 Simple Steps
Establish a good routine
Knowing your baby’s appropriate wake time, putting him down for naps regularly, and having a consistent bedtime is very important. It’s also very beneficial to have a short routine that you go through before each nap and bedtime. Having a predictable … Continue reading
What is a Baby Sleep Consultant?
As soon as you become a parent you’re suddenly hit with a myriad of conflicting parenting advice, through books, magazines, or personal experiences from friends and family.
It’s hard to know which advice to take and it can all get to be a bit overwhelming, to say the least.
Parents are exhausted trying to come up with ways to get their child to sleep, to keep their child sleeping, and to basically develop a sleep pattern that works in their home.
Just as no two households are the same, each child is unique and requires a tailor-made program and schedule that suits their needs and goes in line with their family’s schedule.
Why is sleep SO important?
Sleep deprivation is a very common problem in households with newborn’s or babies and is often the #1 frustration and concern for mothers. Unfortunately, if the sleep troubles are not addressed during infancy they won’t get … Continue reading
Baby Wakes Up Every time I Lay Her Down
You’ve just spent the last little while rocking, nursing, and putting your baby to sleep. Your arms are at breaking point, and you’re ready to put her down.
You slowly tip toe over to the crib trying to make as little movement or noise possible, and place baby into the crib, holding a few seconds before gently sliding your arms out from beneath her.
You step away, hold your breath and within second’s of putting baby down, baby screams and wakes up. Uh, oh, back to square one!
A baby waking up just when you’ve put them down can be so disheartening and frustrating for any parent, especially if you’ve been dying to use the bathroom, grab a bite to eat or get on with the house chores.
Some day’s we feel incredibly patient and don’t mind giving our baby a little extra attention, and other … Continue reading
Wondering how to stop comfort nursing, or if you even need to?
Breastfeeding is both nourishing and comforting. A special moment designed especially for mommy and baby. An opportunity for mommy to step back from all her multitasking chores, and relax while bonding with her baby.
It’s a little bit of magic – sleep magic! The physical act of sucking releases sleep-inducing hormones for both mommy and baby. This can be very handy for falling back asleep easily during those first months where your newborn continuously wakes up, instead of being wide awake.
Breastfeeding really is a powerful tool we’ve been given to not only help us put our baby to sleep but to help us stay calm during those hectic moments of “mommyhood.” During a busy day, there is nothing better when you’ve reached sheer exhaustion than to sit down with your little baby to nurse her to sleep, whilst feeling that sense of euphoria surrounding you as you … Continue reading