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Baby Sleep Training in 7 Days: The Fastest Fix for Sleepless Nights
Sleep Training, and Healthy Sleep Habits for Babies
The gift of self reliance is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child.
It is a controversial technique, some oppose it. They say it's cruel to allow your baby to cry. I have had many friends who felt this way, only to call me when their child was a year old, themselves crying, begging me to tell them the system I used to get my kids to sleep through the night. Parenting is not easy. In my opinion, if you don't start now, when will you? Things won't get any easier. As your child gets older, the scope of the world available to them gets larger, so do the problems. It will be difficult too, when your child has a kid at school who doesn't like them. What will you do in that case? Hold their hand, sit in the back of the class and defend them? If you want a child who id self reliant and confident, you need to teach them a number of skill sets. Sleep training will be the first.
The greatest gift you can give to your child is the ability to rely on themselves. The ability to self sooth and get to sleep on their own, and sleep through the night. It is a skill that will stay with them throughout their entire lives. Some Doctors believe, that children who never learned to sleep through the night as babies and children will always have troubles with sleeping through the night. So, the child who had sleep troubles sleeping through the night as a baby, may possibly be an insomniac as an adult. Some doctors also believe, that ADD, and ADHD might be caused by not getting enough sleep as a baby during the first 2 years, a most critical time of brain development.
I don't believe in full Ferberizing. Dr. Ferber was one of the first promoters of the technique. His approach was to allow the children to cry, totally unaided until they fall asleep. I prefer a middle of the road approach to getting my baby to sleep through the night.
The first thing you should know is that you should wait until your baby is at least 6 months old, before beginning sleep training. From 0-6 months you can do some things to help them learn to get to sleep, but as far as sleeping through the night is concerned, you need to wait until the baby is thriving, and has gained enough weight. Unless a baby naturally sleeps through the night, before 6 months, they need those feedings to be sure they are gaining enough weight.
From 0-6 months, create building blocks. Get your baby on a 3 hour schedule of feedings, and naps. Your baby should be sleeping for an hour out of every three, at least, if not more, like 1 1/2 or 2 hours. You should never allow them to sleep more that 2 hours, even as a newborn. After 2 hours, get them up, change their diaper and attempt to engage them and keep them awake. Your new born may only stay awake for 10 minutes. That's OK, just don't allow them to sleep all day. Because a baby who sleeps all day, will more than likely be awake all night, because they have the day and the night confused. A strict 3 hour schedule is needed to teach them the difference. You can put them down for the night and wake them only to feed after their bedtime which should be between 7-8:30 pm.
When you are putting them down for the night. Start a routine, for example, bath, read them a book, nurse or bottle. Bring them into their room, and close the shades. And decide now what you will always say to them when its time to sleep. "OK baby, its night, night time". Hold them close, and rock them for 1-5 minutes, but try not to allow them to fall totally asleep and put them down. Walk away. If they won't stay down, start the ritual again. The one you will always use. Hold close rock and sing, as you wish, then put them down. Always do the same routine. You do this until, they stay down and go to sleep. You do not need to allow them to cry at all. But, what you do need to do is not let them fell totally asleep in your arms. Put them down before the are totally asleep. When they are very relaxed and possibly have their eyes closed, but not in deep sleep. Same for naps, as night time sleeping, this is your foundation for teaching your baby to sleep through the night.
Your baby needs to learn, this is how we go to sleep. If you are holding them, and they go to sleep, this is what they learn. Going to sleep means being held. Unless you want to be holding them all night when they weigh over 20 pounds, start a sleep ritual tonight!
Once your baby is 6 months old, or you have gotten your doctors OK, that your baby no longer need night time feedings, you can begin sleep training to get them to sleep through the night.
This is not easy to do. It is hard to hear your baby crying, believe me, if not for my husband's support I would have never been able to do it on my own. If not for his support, I would have never known how quickly a child can learn to sleep through the night. I would have given up the first night without knowing that it would only take 3 days to teach them how to sleep through the night. That has been my experience - 3 nights. I have friends who's babies learned much more quickly, 2 nights. Be sure your husband knows what you are doing and why you are doing it, and enlist his support, or that of a friend, to remind you when you get weak and want to quit, that this is for the Babies own good.
Think 6 months is too young? It's not. It's better if you can do this before your baby learns to stand up in the crib.
If you were able to start early with the building blocks, this may not be so hard. Begin your night ritual, what ever have been doing, continue to do it now. You will need a timer. Put your baby down, still awake, but nice and relaxed. Put him down and walk away. What ever happens don't turn back around. If your baby begins to cry set your timer for 3 minutes. At the end of that time, go in the room, sooth your baby, and do the ritual over again. Now set the timer for 5 minutes. After the timer has gone off, begin the process again, this time set the timer for 8 minutes, then 10, then 15, then 15 again, I like to continue at 15 until the baby has gone to sleep on his own. You may choose to stretch the time even further.
If your baby wakes up in the night, and you have normally been nursing, or feeding a bottle, don't give them a bottle now, instead, take him out of the crib, give the pacifier, and, do the ritual again. "Night night time baby". Put them in the crib, and begin the same process as when you put him to bed.
Like I said, this is not easy. If you didn't start with the building blocks you must begin them now, and please be strong. You need not have been doing the ritual for months as I described for a newborn. If your baby is older, just begin with the sleep training and the Night night baby routine.
The following night begin again, from the top. If you are lucky your baby will go right to sleep with no crying and sleep through the night. If not, do the training again, and again at night if they wake up.
For me, and many of my friends this training only took 3 nights or less. It helped me to think of my child at 15 throwing a tantrum because I wouldn't let them go out with a friend, screaming, and crying in their room. I know in that situation, I am not going to go in and feel sorry for them, I'm going to be strong a discipline my child. It's not a punishment it is one of the very first lessons you will teach them. A lesson in self reliance that is going to last a lifetime. Good luck!