The sweet sound of silence after you’ve taught your babies the skills to sleep through the night is nothing short of bliss for the whole family. But for the first couple of nights, there’s usually some crying involved, which can cause some strife if you have another child in the house.
Today, I’ll discuss the challenges of sleep training with a sibling in the house, or even in the same room, and give you some tips on how to get through it with a minimal amount of disruption to the rest of your family.
One of the most popular questions I get asked, is how can you sleep train a baby if you have another child in the house? And this prevents people from making change much longer than it should, because you have this fear that uh oh, one child is gonna wake up the other child. And now I’m gonna have both children awake. And that’s going to be a nightmare.
So the fear of that scenario prevents people from making any kind of positive change. I’m here to tell you that the harsh reality is that yes, you might have a night or two where one child does wake up the other child. I mean most of us do not live in houses large enough to hide from a child who’s crying. It’s inevitable, it’s going to happen. And my best advice is to just make peace with it.
That’s all you can do. It’s going to be a rough night or two as we train this baby to sleep well.
The good news is, though, right, that once you go through it, then you’re going to have a child who’s sleeping well. And hopefully your other child also sleeps well. And now you’re going to have a situation where both babies, both children are going down wonderfully and sleeping all night. That’s the end game.
So my advice would be to keep your eye on the prize. Right, that end game…