You’ve done your research and decided on the best sleep training method for your baby (and you). You’ve implemented the plan but it doesn’t seem to be working.
Your problem – sleep methods don’t always take into account what baby has been doing the entire day. Just like an adult, a baby will sleep better depending on a number of factors. When sleep training your baby, take these tips into account.
Baby Sleep Training Tips
- Develop a consistent schedule. Babies are creatures of habit and will easily fall into a routine which includes sleeping.
- Don’t skip naps. It’s tempting to think that by skipping a nap your baby will sleep better at night but that will not happen. Babies who are overtired have a harder time falling asleep.
- Move bed time up to 7 pm or earlier. Research suggests that babies have an internal clock that is naturally set earlier
- Make all changes to a baby’s schedule slowly. If you’re trying to get your baby to sleep earlier move bed time ahead in 15 minute intervals each day until you reach desired time.
- A well fed baby sleeps well. A feeding schedule will help you make sure that your baby won’t wake up in the middle of the night hungry.
- Be sure to have play time but NOT before bed. Just like adults, babies need to interact and release their energy. By setting active play and learning time throughout the day, your baby will be ready for a good night’s rest.
- Give baby sleep signals. By turning down the lights, singing songs and reading books you can create signals that it’s time to go to sleep.
As with almost every single aspect of parenting, no one method works for every child (or every parent). See what works and doesn’t. Always remember it’s a gradual process.
All the best,