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My baby has been having trouble sleeping through the night - what are some sleep training methods that I can try?

Hi everyone,

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!

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eaufderhar

Hi there,

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!

joe.morar

Hello,

I know what it's like to have a baby who isn't sleeping through the night. My little one had the same issue and I was at a loss as to what to do. After speaking with my pediatrician, we decided to try the full extinction method. This involved putting her down to sleep at a consistent time, and then not going in to comfort her when she cried.

It was incredibly difficult to listen to her cry for that first week. However, each night, she cried less and less and by the second week, she was sleeping through the night. It was definitely a tough method, but for us, it worked.

I would recommend talking with your pediatrician before starting any methods, as what may work for one baby may not work for another. Good luck and stay strong!

trevor.abernathy

Hi there!

I completely understand what you're going through. My baby had the same issue when she was around 7 months old. I was against the crying-it-out method too, so I tried the gradual extinction method. It involves leaving the baby to cry for short periods and then gradually increasing the time before you go in to comfort them.

In my case, it worked really well. It took a few nights for her to understand that she needed to sleep longer, but eventually, she was sleeping through the night. I would also recommend setting a consistent bedtime routine, such as a bath, a story, and then gently laying them down. This gives them a signal that it is time to sleep.

I hope this helps and good luck with your sleep training journey!

brenden.lindgren

Hi there,

I am a mom of two and have had to deal with sleep training both of them. For my first child, I tried the Ferber method, which involves progressively increasing the time intervals between checks on your baby. This worked quite well for us, but I will say it was quite difficult to listen to him cry.

With my second child, however, we tried a different method called the pick-up-and-put-down method. This involves picking the baby up when they cry, soothing them until they calm down, and then putting them back down to sleep. In the beginning, we had to do this multiple times each night, but eventually, she learned to soothe herself.

I know every child is different, so what worked for me may not work for you, but I hope this gives you some ideas to try. The most important thing is consistency in your approach, and to remember that it may take a few nights or even a few weeks for a routine to work.

Best of luck to you and your little one!

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