SLEEP TRAIN MY BABY
PRACTICAL ADVICE AND SOLUTIONS TO GET YOUR BABY TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT
WHAT IS SLEEP TRAINING?
Sleep Training is the process of teaching your infant the skill of being able to put themselves to sleep without needing you, or anyone else to help them.
Yes, sleeping a learned skill, that all babies must be taught. Some parents have babies for which this seems to happen effortlessly and the whole process appears as though this sleeping thing is a natural instinct, something that just happens all on its own. For other parents, it’s a living nightmare. For these parents, sleep is something their baby does in 50 minute intervals and the process of getting baby back to sleep takes almost as long as the baby sleeps for. Sleep for these parents becomes a distant memory and permanent exhaustion is the status quo.
If you are reading this it’s probably because you fall into this latter category and you don’t want to hear that some babies “just sleep”. You have probably tried everything that you can think of, taken advice from your mother, mother-in-law, friends, and neighbours, read every book ever written on the subject and nothing is working.
The problem is that nearly all the information is contradictory, this book says “’cry it out’ is the only method that really works”, that book says “cry it out is damaging”, another book says that “the only way to get your baby to sleep is to co-sleep”, and yet another book says “you’ll smother your baby if you co-sleep”, the contradictions go on and on. This confusion, coupled with sleep deprivation, has most parents ready to give up on the whole process. It puts huge strain on relationships, affects the ability to focus on everyday tasks, impacts performance at work, contributes to post-natal depression and generally makes what should be a joyous, miraculous time in life, a massively stressful and negative experience.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE, AND YOU ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONG.
WHERE DO YOU START?
Reading anything and everything on a subject, especially when you are sleep deprived, will only lead to information overwhelm. Overwhelm creates confusion and makes you feel like a failure when the technique you’ve just read about doesn’t work for your baby. Losing confidence in your ability to parent and feeling like a failure doesn’t make for an enjoyable parenting experience.
So, how do you begin detangling all the information so you can find what works for you? What is going to result in your baby actually learning to sleep so that you as a parent can get to a place that you remember what a full night’s sleep feels like?
This where Sleep Train My Baby can help. We have done our best to clearly lay out the different sleep training styles, debunk the myths, and provide evidence and research behind the methodology of each style of sleep training so that you can choose the best one for your needs.
WHY DO I NEED TO SLEEP TRAIN MY BABY?
Amazing things happen in our brains when we sleep, and even more astounding things happen in our baby’s brains. Baby’s brains are at their most pliable up until the age of around eight months. There are neurological connections being made at the fastest rate that they will ever happen at, and these connections are solidified when your baby is sleeping.
Your child is also growing at the fastest rate they will ever grow at and yep, you guessed it, they grow while they are asleep.
The brain releases a hormone called HGH, or human growth hormone, while you sleep, but for this hormone to be released the brain must be in a certain state of sleep which only occurs after approximately 4 hours of continuous sleep.
Both these reasons are why we sleep trainers bang on about the importance of sleep training. Teaching your baby to sleep optimizes both neurological and physical growth, helping your child to be the healthiest version of themselves.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SLEEP TRAIN A BABY?
If your baby is healthy and between six and eight months old, (depending on the method you choose) sleep training should take no longer than 6 nights and most babies will have it down in 3 nights. The older your baby is, the more resistance you are likely to be met with, as older babies have had longer to learn habits and often rely on sleep crutches to get them to sleep. This resistance can mean that it may take you a little longer to sleep train older babies and toddlers. It will very much depend on your baby’s personality and the method you choose.