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When can I start sleep training my child?

When can I start sleep training my child?

Birth: Sleep training begins at birth, by enforcing social cues to demonstrate the difference between night and day. Once a baby has gotten back to birth weight, start stretching out night feeds and giving day feeds more frequently. By 2 months, allow junior to at least sometimes fall asleep on his own; by 4 mos, baby should usually fall asleep on his own; by 6 mos: always. ...Read more

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At what ages can I start sleep training my baby? She's 2.5 months old and the minute i put her in bed she starts screaming.

At what ages can I start sleep training my baby? She's 2.5 months old and the minute i put her in bed she starts screaming.

At birth: The best time to start sleep training is now. If a kid is fed upon waking, changed after, entertained until tired & put down alone & awake, they learn to settle into sleep. If you make carrying, rocking or feeding part of the go to sleep pattern, they cannot separate from you.You can start over now with the pattern above & let her fuss, checking her every 5 min until she accepts the change. ...Read more

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What is the best way to approach sleep training?

What is the best way to approach sleep training?

Patience is perfect: Teaching yuor child to sleep does not happen overnight. Like all other developmental skills, some pick it up quick and some need a lot of practice. Start at an early age - encourage even yur infant to learn "self-soothing". Then have a bedtime routine that you are consistent with, but don't put your child in bed asleep. They need to learn to fall asleep in their own bed environment. Be patient! ...Read more

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When is a good time to start doing sleep training?

When is a good time to start doing sleep training?

Early: What we think of as true sleep training, the "cry-it-out" variety, probably is not appropriate until 5 months or so. However, start helping your baby learn how to sleep early on. By 2 months, if baby's weight is good, give him an opportunity to go back to sleep at night without feeding him. Develop a consistent bedtime routine that separates sleep from feeding and helps him learn to self soothe. ...Read more

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My 15 mth old still wakes to nurse every 2-3 hr, which would be fine if i didn't have to get up to go to work. Is it reasonable to try sleep training?

My 15 mth old still wakes to nurse every 2-3 hr, which would be fine if i didn't have to get up to go to work. Is it reasonable to try sleep training?

Nursing: Stop breast feeding cold turkey.You child may cry for a few nights. Go to him to make sure he is alright but do not pick him up! after a few nights he will stop and you will get your much needed rest. Good luck. ...Read more

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Baby 3 m old. We are interested in beginning sleep training. Lots of different theories and approaches. Any dr. recommended books on the subject?

Baby 3 m old. We are interested in beginning sleep training. Lots of different theories and approaches. Any dr. recommended books on the subject?

Dr. Ferber's book: Best know book is Dr. Richard Ferber's "How to Solve Your CHild's SLeep problems" His general approach is to put the baby in his/her crib awake and leave for a set period - say five minutes - then go back in if still crying to comfort the baby and then leave again but for a longer period of time. In my view three months is a bit early - can be done , but hader 4- 6 months of age better. ...Read more

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Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

This is reasonable: http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-training-the-basics_1505715.bc There is no one best way. You have to suit your needs. By nature some babies are anxious, more needy. Our own upbringing, insecurities affect such practices. So do not be too hard on yourself..do what is most comfortable to you and which is least frustrating . Both parents should agree on the plan broadly. ...Read more

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My 11month old son wakes up at night at least 3 times a night. Is this normal? Besides sleep training techniques, what else cAn I do.

My 11month old son wakes up at night at least 3 times a night. Is this normal? Besides sleep training techniques, what else cAn I do.

Depends : Make sure you put him to sleep ... sleepy but not asleep. Assuming he is not in pain (teething, illness or GERD), I generally recommend letting them cry it out. Of course, this is best to discuss with his pediatrician. He/she knows his history, and can examine him. ...Read more

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Can a baby stop breathing if left to cry for too long? We're sleep training and letting him cry for up to 10 minutes at a time and husband is worried.

Can a baby stop breathing if left to cry for too long? We're sleep training and letting him cry for up to 10 minutes at a time and husband is worried.

No he cannot: You need to slowly increase the times he cries--5 minutes,10,15,20.be consistent.go in see him but no picking up.he gets the message you are around,he is safe but will not pick him up.it will definitely happen with consistency in just a few days.good luck.next time do not wait until he is 1 yr old.do it at 5-6 months ...Read more