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When can I start sleep training my child?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Sleep consolidation

Is promoted by a consistent bedtime & routine, reading, soothing, wiping out baby's mouth after the last feed, then putting her to bed on her back in her own crib, drowsy but awake.
Learning to self-calm to sleep now helps her do this when she night wakes & prevents "trained night crying" at 6 mos. Or >. See the aap's healthy child app or on www.Aap.Org for personalized anticipatory guidance.

In brief: Sleep consolidation

Is promoted by a consistent bedtime & routine, reading, soothing, wiping out baby's mouth after the last feed, then putting her to bed on her back in her own crib, drowsy but awake.
Learning to self-calm to sleep now helps her do this when she night wakes & prevents "trained night crying" at 6 mos. Or >. See the aap's healthy child app or on www.Aap.Org for personalized anticipatory guidance.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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