Some people have babies, they feed them, take care of them, love them with all their hearts, but then, they come to the part where they need to put a baby to sleep, and it’s like they’re learning a new language they’ve never heard of before.
Sounds familiar? Well, it’s normal: most new parents don’t know where to start when it comes to putting their baby to sleep, and for a reason, it’s a baby, they still don’t understand logic, can’t talk, and probably think of their parents as a weird huge bear who gives them food or plays with them when they cry. So yeah, thinking about it like that, babies are aliens.
Nah, just kidding, that’s just my imagination going wild.
Like everything else in life, a regular sleep schedule is an acquired habit, which is why there is something called “baby sleep training” (though they should also create a “young adult sleep training”, I’d definitely use it so I can start going to bed at a decent, human hour).
What is sleep training, you might ask? And how do I do it? All these questions, and more, will be answered in this article.
So go on, and read away, friend!
About baby sleep training
As an article on the website Baby Center states: “Sleep training is the processes of helping a baby learn to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.” Some babies earn it easily, but most of them can be little monsters find a certain difficulty to sleep, and end up waking up in the middle of the night, not only disturbing their own sleep cycle, but also their parents’.
There are a lot of baby sleep training approaches, such as fading, no tears, and cry it out.
On this article, we’ll be primarily focusing on the no tears (on no cry) method.
For those not familiar with this method, we can summarize it in one sentence: the no tears or no cry method helps you put your baby to bed without leaving him to cry.
Before having a take on the no cry sleep solution, let’s go over some sleep training basics:
Most experts encourage parents to start sleep training their babies when they are between 4 and 6 months, to get the best results. Of course, this isn’t definite, so it’s always good to ask your baby’s doctor for advice before starting sleep training him.
If your pediatrician give you’re their okay, you can start sleep training your baby following those simple steps:
- First, introduce a bedtime routine for your baby. It might include singing your baby a lullaby before bed, giving him a warm bath, or telling him a story. It doesn’t matter as long as your baby enjoys it and gets accustomed to it.
- And don’t forget to pick a consistent bed time, this way, your baby will get used to sleeping at the same time every night. Experts recommend this bedtime to be between 7 pm and 8 pm.
- Also, follow an easy and predictable daytime routine. Get your baby up at the same time every morning (or at least, try to, we know sometimes you want to sleep in too and let your baby sleep in). Feed your baby and let him nap around the same time every day. This routine will help you and your baby relax.
What you need to know about the no cry sleep solution
Some people who have already tried the cry it out method didn’t like leaving their babies cry themselves to sleep alone (now that you think about it, it’s a pretty sociopathic thing to do to a poor baby instead of, I don’t know … holding your baby!), and so, they looked for another sleep solution. The no cry sleep method happened to be that solution.
Of course, this method might not work for your own baby, since every baby is different, but it doesn’t hurt to try, does it?
This approach works around the fact that bedtime offer the opportunity to your baby to connect with you, their parent, by developing cozy, calm, and relaxing nighttime rituals. This approach also believes that you should respond to your baby’s requests for comfort or food quickly.
This method gives your baby a positive association with bedtime and sleep that can last a lifetime.
This solution nurtures a philosophy of co-sleeping, nursing your baby to sleep, and other forms of physical closeness (such as rocking your baby and feeding him before sleep), to then create a positive association to sleep and help your baby grow up into a child with healthy sleep habits.
Of course, like other methods, the no cry sleep solution has its critics, who say that this method makes the baby too dependent on his parents’ presence during his bedtime, which makes it harder for the baby to learn to soothe himself to sleep later.
If you want to know more about the no cry sleep solution, visit this website.
As you can see, sleep training your baby is a long road, but one that will give good results. Of course, not every baby will learn from the no tears sleep solution, so it’s always good to look up other methods, try them, and see which one suits your baby best!