Before parents jump into sleep training their baby, they tend to have many many questions.
One of the most commonly asked questions is, “how long will it take to sleep train my baby?”
Depending on the method we use in your sleep plan, it will take a different amount of time.
If we are using a gentle sleep training method, it will take longer than if we were to use a more intermediate method. Another important thing to consider is how consistent you will be throughout the process. In this video, I’m diving deeper into these details as well as giving you some tips to help make sleep training go more smoothly.
Here are some tips to help sleep training go faster and smoother:
- Have realistic expectations. Sleep training is not an overnight success. Sleep training is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Have consistent reactions to middle of the night wake ups. If you quickly jump out of bed to feed your child and help him fall back asleep, that’s what he’s going to expect every single time he wakes up.
- Make sure your child isn’t overtired. If your child is overtired at bedtime, she will struggle to fall asleep independently, may wake more frequently throughout the night, and wake too early in the morning.
- Commit to the process. Inconsistencies will lead to more sleep struggles and leaving your child confused and frustrated.
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If you’re ready to start sleep training, let’s set up a time to chat! Some things to think about when deciding when you want to start sleep training your baby:
- Ensure it’s the proper timing- make sure your baby isn’t sick, you aren’t traveling, or you don’t have any big life changes coming (new baby, moving, switching jobs/childcare, etc.).
- Be prepared to put in the work. Consistency will pay off in the long run. Sleep training isn’t an overnight success; it takes many nights and dedication to help your baby learn to sleep.
- Create a plan or hire me as your sleep consultant for one-on-one help.