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Sleep Training 101

It’s not an easy process but with perseverance you’ll soon have a sleeping bundle of joy.
By Nikki Temkin


Article originally in Parent24
This is what worked for me and trust me, it’s worth it.
  1. Bath baby then take her into her room, close the door (click), turn on a lullaby if you like, give her a teaspoon of Rescue Remedy and milk. If you like, you can read a story to disassociate food from bedtime.
  2. If she wears a sleeping bag then put her inside with a dummy (if she uses one) and a safe chain so she can find it herself in the night. Put her in the in cot, install dummy, and give her stuffed blankie/bunny or equivalent. Say firmly, “it’s sleep time, good night baby”.  Kiss. Quick, firm exit, Close the door. Click.
  3. Wait until crying ensues.
  4. Wait 1 minute. Then go in. Say firmly, with a pat if you like, “it's okay baby, here’s your dummy/bunny, it's bedtime. Goodnight”. Exit. Click.
  5. Wait 2 minutes. Same procedure
  6. Wait 3 minutes.  Same procedure
  7. Wait 4 minutes. Same procedure
  8. Depending on the age of your baby and your capacity, you can go up to ten minutes. I never went longer than 7 minutes.
  9. Whatever you do, do not pick her up.
  10. If she goes quiet, count the seconds. If it’s longer than 10 seconds, reset the clock. It means she’s comforting herself and you need more time for it to work.
  11. The other method is staying in the room while your baby cries and comforting her without leaving the room.

If you’d like to know more, try:
Into the sleepless abyss
Making sleep work

Recommended reading
Sleep Sense by Megan Faure & Ann Richardson
The Aware Baby by Aletha Solter Phd.

Which methods have you tried to get your baby to sleep?
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