Sleep training your baby and employing various regimens to adjust your child’s sleep patterns are not as simple as you might think.
To think of sleeping as a skill and one that does not come naturally might be strange to you. If you are planning on sleep training your baby, you’ll be surprised to know that there are lots of information on how to do it.
The Art of Sleep Training
Being a new parent can be exhausting that you can doze off as soon as your head hits the pillow. However, your little one can’t do the same just yet. Although babies sleep most of the time, they still need to learn how to sleep and when to sleep. Until they do, they need a parent’s or caregiver’s assistance, which is why we lull babies to sleep at bedtime. If sleeping is a skill, then sleep training is an art. It is the art of teaching your baby how to sleep independently.
There are various methods and steps when it comes to sleep training. Hence, the most crucial part is finding a method that works best for you and your baby. It is also important to establish that sleep training is not about abandoning your baby or denying your hungry baby food at night.
Starting Sleep Training
Wondering when you can sleep train your baby? There is no specific age for it, as every baby is different.
Once you are ready for sleep training, make sure your baby is ready too.
First, you need to get clearance from your baby’s paediatrician to eliminate any medical factors that could be playing a part in your baby’s sleep.
Next, consider your baby’s age. It is not until they are about four to five months old that they are ready for formal sleep training. However, you can set up healthy sleep habits from the start.
As your baby grows older, their sleep cycle will start to change, making it the reason behind the 4-month sleep regression.
But is it ever too late to sleep train your baby? The answer is, NO.
As there is no specific age for sleep training, there is also no expiration date to it. You can sleep train your baby at any age, even when they are into toddlerhood!
If your baby isn’t sleeping well, chances are you aren’t either. Establishing healthy sleep habits from birth will make sleep training easier and, more significantly, help keep you and your baby well-rested and healthy.
Lastly, keep in mind that sleep training takes lots of patience and self-restraint!