Train Your Infant To Sleep, So You Can Too!
Sleep training for infants is an important and sometimes controversial topic for new parents. It is important to understand the various sleep training methods available and how to best use them for your baby’s individual needs.
“With the right sleep training plan and a little patience, your baby can learn to sleep.”
The most common method of sleep training is known as “controlled crying.” This involves allowing your infant to cry for a certain period of time before intervening. The idea is to teach the baby that they can fall asleep independently, without the need for parental intervention. The amount of time babies are allowed to cry can vary depending on the age of the baby, the temperament of the baby, and the parents’ comfort level.
Another popular sleep training method is known as “graduated extinction.” This involves gradually decreasing the amount of time that parents are present in the room with the baby while they are trying to fall asleep. For example, parents may start by being in the room with the baby for a few minutes and then gradually reduce their presence in the room until the baby is able to fall asleep without their help.
A third sleep training method is “camping out.” This method involves parents sitting in the room with the baby while they are trying to fall asleep. Parents are not actively trying to help the baby fall asleep, but rather are present to provide comfort and reassurance. This method can help babies learn how to self-soothe and fall asleep independently.
Finally, “cry it out” is another sleep training method. This involves allowing the baby to cry for a set period of time before intervening. Parents are not actively trying to help the baby fall asleep, but rather are allowing the baby to work through the process of falling asleep on their own.
No matter which sleep training method you choose, it is important to be consistent and be patient. It may take some time and persistence before your baby is able to fall asleep on their own. It is also important to make sure that your baby’s other needs are being met during the sleep training process, such as ensuring that they are well-fed and have had enough physical activity during the day.
Sleep training can be a difficult process for parents and babies, but it can be beneficial for both in the long run. It is important to discuss the various sleep training methods with your paediatrician or general practitioner before starting any sleep training routine.
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