SLEEP TRAINING BASICS

Sleep Training and Weaning:  20 Things to Know

By Sleep Training Kids

A Basic Outline for Sleep Training

02 Choose a method of sleep training that fits with both your goals and your parenting style.

03 Use that method to create your own personal and customized sleep training plan.

04 Implement the plan and evaluate it as you go.

05 Be patient, consistent, and dedicated.

02 Make sure it’s safe and appropriate to sleep train your child.

Weaning and Sleep Training Require These Qualities to see Success

Patience

Consistency

Timing

A basic understanding of child development

Flexibility

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Make Sleep Training and/or Weaning Nights Easier by Offering More Daytime Foods

Yes, this is going to mean a whole lot more work for you each day. But it should help you get nights back.

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Tips for Sleep Training Without Night Weaning

Have your sleep training plan written out.

Stick to your plan.

Know when you’re going to feed your baby.

Your baby is too young.

Your baby refuses to wean.

This sleep regression is too hard.

Your baby has a negative sleep association with feeding.

Your baby is a distracted eater who can’t get enough calories during the day.

Illness or a growth spurt requires more calories quickly.

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to (Temporarily) Quit Night Weaning

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Consider co-sleeping.

Part-time co-sleeping.

Separate beds, same room.

Sleeping Arrangements that you may want to consider

Separate beds and separate rooms.

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This is the most important thing to know with both weaning and sleep training:

 Ask your partner for help.

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In some cases, you may also ask your village and family for help.

Hang in there – and ask for help.

RELATED Questions

Can You Night Wean Cold Turkey?

What’s the Best Way to Wean During Naps?

Yes, you can night wean cold turkey. Expect your baby to dislike quitting immediately, though.

Naptime weaning is best done very similarly to nighttime weaning: take it slow.