Tips to successfully sleep train your child
Are you ready to sleep better tonight? Have you been hoping for weeks and weeks for your baby to start sleeping better and longer at night on her own? I absolutely understand how that feels. Some babies are naturally good sleepers, but sometimes, they need a little extra help to learn how to fall asleep.
If you are ready to sleep train your child and are looking for tips to successfully sleep train your child, keep reading. Here are 6 basic pointers that will tremendously help you during the process.
Whichever method you use, I recommend asking yourself what kind of approach you would be most comfortable using. Keep in mind that following through and giving the training some time is key. If you are prepared and ready to be consistent with it, you will get results.
If you have been consistent for days and haven’t made any progress, it may be time to reassess the situation and opt for another sleep training method.
Create a short, predictable bedtime routine. A 20-30 minute ritual will set the stage for a great night of sleep! Use blackout curtains and a white noise machine to help your child sleep in a calm and cozy environment.
Have your child nap as much as possible during the day. The more sleep your baby gets, the more she will sleep!!! It sounds funny, doesn’t it? The more sleep-deprived your little one is, the harder it will be to sleep for long stretches of time. Of all the tips to successfully sleep train your child, this one is definitely harder to grasp!
Get the whole family on board. If you have older children, let them know that their little brother or sister is learning how to fall asleep on their own. They will take great pride in being part of the process and the solution. Also, let the caregivers, grandparents, or whomever else is interacting with your child know about the sleep program. Everyone needs to know about the steps and be consistent with it! The success of the sleep plan depends on…yes, you know it by now: CONSISTENCY!!!
Be patient! It might take time for your little one to change her sleep habits. Try to have realistic expectations when it comes to the length of time the training should take. Some families may achieve their goals within a few nights, while others may take weeks. Have faith in yourself and your baby! Sleep training is a team effort.
I hope these tips to successfully sleep training your child were helpful! As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any sleep concerns.
Sleeping Babies = Happy Families