When to Sleep Train Your Baby

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  2. When Should I Sleep Train My Baby?
  3. 5 Sleep Training Methods You Should Try
  4. Cry It Out (CIO) Method
  5. Chair Method
  6. Ferber Method
  7. Fading Method
  8. Bedtime Routine Fading
  9. Final Thoughts

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{"blocks":[{"key":"84m6n","text":"It's two in the morning and your baby is crying again! It's the fifth time she's woken you up today and you're starting to wonder if you'll ever get a full night's sleep again. Will the crying ever stop? ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":204,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":204,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":204,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":204,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6dnkp","text":"If this sounds like you, consider sleep training your baby. Sleep training might sound like an impossible task, but it’s actually relatively straightforward and doesn’t take more than a few weeks.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":196,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":196,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":196,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":196,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"3t5do","text":"In this post, we'll discuss everything you need to know about sleep training, including how and when to sleep train your baby! ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":127,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":127,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":127,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":127,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

When Should I Sleep Train My Baby?

{"blocks":[{"key":"686gk","text":"Sleep training teaches babies to drift off without being cuddled, swayed, rocked, nursed, or shushed. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":102,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":102,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":102,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":102,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6bko4","text":"While it's tempting to start training straight away, parents should only sleep train their babies during their developmental stages, the sweet spot being the ages of four to six months. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":186,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":186,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":186,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":186,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"fp2e4","text":"At this stage, babies have the capacity to self-soothe and sleep throughout the night without needing to eat.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

5 Sleep Training Methods You Should Try

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Cry It Out (CIO) Method

{"blocks":[{"key":"9ql03","text":"The Cry It Out method is exactly as it says on the tin: put your baby to bed, leave her room, and let her cry her heart out until she falls asleep on her own. For this reason, it's also called the Controlled Crying method or the Extinction method.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":247,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":247,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":247,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":247,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"},{"offset":0,"length":14,"style":"BOLD"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ck937","text":"A lot of parents don't advocate the CIO method because they find it cruel or heartbreaking. However, studies show that this method doesn't actually harm a child's emotional development. Quite the opposite, actually! It teaches babies to soothe themselves to sleep and solidify their sleep independence over time. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":313,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":313,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":313,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":313,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6pd1m","text":"Keep in mind that the CIO method is harder on you than it is on your baby. Stay strong and don't be swayed by your little one's tears! Show her a bit of tough love; at the end of the day, it's for her own good.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":210,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":210,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":210,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":210,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Chair Method

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Ferber Method

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Fading Method

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Bedtime Routine Fading

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Final Thoughts

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