And the fact that you’re looking for ideas and reading this shows that you’re trying to make sure that both you and your baby have a positive back-to-work experience – even while sleep training.
Sleep training during the transition may take anywhere from 2-8 weeks.
This timeline also covers both those who started practicing before going back to work – and those who chose to wait until actually going back to work to sleep train.
Make sure that you pick a sleep training method that jives with both your parenting style – and your work schedule.
However, sometimes you need a sleep training method that promises quick results. In that kind of scenario, a controlled crying (with or without timed fading) may be your best bet.
Set up the crib in the baby’s bedroom, if it isn’t already.
Temporarily move any older siblings into a separate room
Make sure any blackout blinds (if any) are properly installed.
Test the white noise machine to make sure it works
Make sure any lights, fans, or any other alarm clocks work.
Buy yourself a treat or do something to mentally prepare yourself.
If you can make some freezer meals beforehand, do it.
Don’t be afraid to get takeout when everything goes south.
Don’t take on any new projects during the first month.
Early bedtimes will be everyone’s best friend.
Wait to start any DIY or remodeling projects.
(from research and talking to other parents):
It’s always important to make sure that your pediatrician is on board with sleep training.
Your pediatrician can give you important tips to keep sleep training – while still making things easier.
It’s vital that you become your baby’s advocate in all things – and especially in regards to sleep.
You can also mix and match options if that’s more your style. In any case, you’re already on your way there just by reading this article.
Do it yourself - but have support.
Talk to other parents for ideas and insights.
Consider hiring a baby sleep consultant or coach to give you insights and ideas.