The traditional “Cry-it-out” approach to getting your little one to sleep may be effective, but for many parents, it’s just not something they’re comfortable with.
On the other hand, constantly rocking, shushing, or nursing your baby to sleep every time they wake up can create associations that make it harder for baby to fall asleep independently and can result in frequent nighttime wake-ups.
Luckily, there are several options in between these two far ends of the sleep training spectrum. I’ll tell you all about them and help you evaluate which one is right for your family in today’s video.
One of the things that holds a lot of parents back from making change around their child’s sleep habits is the idea of leaving their child alone to figure this out. I would call that a cry it out approach, or most people would label that a cry it out approach, that you put your baby down without their prop and hope that they fall asleep independently without you being present.
That can work really well for a lot of people, but for some parents, the idea of doing that holds them back. It’s just something they’re not comfortable doing. They just don’t feel right about.
My program, The Sleep Sense Program, has an option where you can stay in the room with your child, because this is a skill set. That’s it. There’s nothing magic going on here. It’s just a skill. You have gotta learn to sleep well and independently. So it doesn’t really matter if a parent is there or a parent isn’t there. It doesn’t have a lot to do with the parent, period.
And that’s the important piece of the puzzle, that you get yourself out of this relationship with sleep and you help your child develop skills that are independent of you or anything else. And once they figure that out, then they become great and beautiful sleepers. But the process of learning this is the hard part, right? Just…