Which sleep training method should I use?

My Munch is still a little young for sleep training but I would like to use this time to research and would appreciate your advice and suggestions. Thanks.


Asked by FuzNet at 12:47 PM on Dec. 8, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Finally once the sleep associations were in place and, since my son was now 7 months old( I was told Cry it out is inappropriate for children under 5-6 months of age) we did the cry it out thing too. I let him cry for 2 mins the first night and then came into the room without picking him up, just using our sleep associations and then leaving again untill he fell alseep. the first 2 nights this went on for 40 mins. I stretched out the time between visits to his room and by the 6th night he slept right through!!!! He is 2 1/2 and the champion of sleepers, never waking at night, sleeping 8pm-7;30 am, and taking 3 hour naps in the afternoon without a fuss. Most nights he tells me its time for him to go to bed. So maybe you won't have to suffer 7 months of hell if you start some of these things early.

    Answer by missv66 at 1:27 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • I don't know what "method' we did, but from a young age, when she was sleepy I would lay her down and let her fall asleep on her own. Now, at 18 months I can lay her in her crib when she's sleepy and she goes right to sleep w/o a fuss.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:02 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • with my son, started letting him CIO at 4 months...for about 5 minutes. as he got older, i gradually made it longer as he got older. he has slept through the night since 7 months. with my DD, i started earlier. i started letting her fuss herself to sleep at 3 weeks. if she cried, i'd let her cry for about 2 minutes, and after those 2 minutes she was normally asleep, if not, i'd go get her. she is now 4 months and goes to sleep on her own. it's great cuz they both take naps at the same time, and goes to bed at the same time. DD is slowly starting to sleep through the night.

    Answer by armywife43 at 1:02 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • You have to look at each method and evaluate your child. What works for my child may not work for yours.
    I tried several over the course of her first year:
    The ”No Cry Sleep Solution” resulted in less sleep and LONG screaming sessions for us.
    Rocking to sleep didn't work.
    Sitting with her until she went to sleep didn't work.
    Checking on her every 5 or 10 minutes didn't work.
    In the end, I had to let her cry, following the advice in "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". She cried less that first night than with any of the other methods. She started going to sleep with only a little crying within a few nights. I hated it. Letting her cry without trying to comfort her felt so wrong. But all of my "comforting" attempts just made her cry longer and harder so I knew I had to put my feelings aside and go with what caused her the least distress and got her the most sleep.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 1:19 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • I had the colic baby from hell that only took 15 min naps and slept 1-2 hrs at night for six months. finally I saw a sleep specialist and we went through a series of steps. first was to establish a routine for napping and bed time which I should have done right from the get go. ie. bath, nursing, rocking and be as consistant as possible. This will help to give her/him sleep associations. As earlier mentioned, putting the baby to sleep drowsy was also key. They learn that their bed is the place that sleep happens. then I had to try not to respond immediately when he woke up. Instead try to get him to fall back to sleep without picking him up by rocking or singing or the repetition of a sleep phase. ie "its alright" or "mommie's here" over and over. This is also a sleep association. continued...

    Answer by missv66 at 1:27 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • i give my lil one a bath around 7pm same time every night,trun the lights of in the living room (tv and other lights on) and let her play for an hour or so and then lay her down she sleeps all night.but by making it dark while she plays she knows its time to settle down,oh and i feed her right when i put her down to sleep

    Answer by angelairelan at 1:39 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • We kinda use the Ferber method-of the CIO w/our now 7mo. old.... We started this when she was around 4mo. of age... She has slept through the night since then... When it is time for her to go to bed, I've had her diaper changed, change her into a sleep n' play type outfit=one that is warmer since it is winter time now-and then give her the last 6oz. bottle for the night. This is usually around 9-9:30pm or so... Then I snuggle her for a few minutes, then put her in her bed, give her her soothie paci-to suck on for a few minutes and turn on a music thing and she and her brother and sister all are asleep within 1/2 an hour-depending on how behaved and tired they all are!!

    Answer by MR777 at 2:18 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • We co-sleep. CIO just wasn't for our son. Co sleeping worked well for him and we all got a great nights sleep!


    Answer by ivansmom07 at 2:33 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • We keep our house bright during the day and dim at night. My dd gets her bath when she starts showing signs of being tired. We avoided strict scheduling and started going off the cues of our baby. She gets rocked to sleep. Some times she's not in bed until 10 and others she asleep by 7. She's 4 months old and sleeps for 11 hours at night.


    Answer by RissaBusch at 2:51 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • my baby slept when she was sleepy. i did a little here & there to make days more active than nights, but no pushing or training. i followed her cues & she fell into a routine when she was ready. never any fussing cause she sleeps with me.

    Answer by jus1jess at 3:30 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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