Hi everyone, I'm a new mom and I've been co-sleeping with my baby since she was born. However, she is now 6 months old and I feel like it's time to start implementing some sleep training methods. I've read a lot of articles about sleep training, but most of them are geared towards babies who sleep in their own cribs. I'm wondering if there are any specific sleep training methods that can be used while co-sleeping with a baby? I appreciate any advice or experiences you can share. Thank you!
Hi there! As a fellow co-sleeping mom, I completely understand your concerns about sleep training while co-sleeping. Personally, I found the book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley to be a great resource for co-sleeping families. The author provides gentle and gradual methods for helping babies learn to fall asleep on their own and stay asleep for longer periods of time.
One technique that worked well for us is called "the Pantley Pull-Off". Basically, when your baby falls asleep nursing, you slowly remove your breast from their mouth just before they fall into a deep sleep. This helps them learn to fall asleep without needing to nurse all the way through the night. It took some patience and consistency, but we found that our baby gradually started sleeping for longer stretches at night.
Another important thing to remember is that it's okay to take things slow and experiment with different methods to find what works for you and your family. Good luck with your sleep training journey!