I am a first-time mom and my 6-month-old baby has been having trouble sleeping through the night. He wakes up at least 2-3 times and it's really affecting our sleep patterns. I have heard about sleep training methods, but I am not sure which one to follow. I am against the crying-it-out method, so I was wondering if there are any other gentle methods that I can try. Please share your experiences and suggestions. Thank you in advance!
My baby had a similar problem and I know how exhausting it can be to deal with frequent disruptions at night. I found that the "chair method" worked well for us. It involved putting a chair next to the baby's crib and sitting there until they fell asleep. Whenever the baby woke up, I would sit there and soothe them back to sleep without picking them up.
The chair method can be time-consuming initially but is very gentle and effective. As he got used to falling asleep on his own, I gradually moved the chair away from the crib and eventually removed it entirely. He learned to sleep through the night without any issues, and it was a bonding experience for us too.
As always, it's important to be consistent and patient when it comes to sleep training. Good luck to you, and remember that sleepless nights are temporary!