What is infant sleep training? This question has been on many parents minds and in the forums I have visited, I have seen many parents asking what is infant sleep training and how does it differ from other sleep teaching methods such as baby sitting or rocking? Infant sleep training basically refers to a variety of different routines parents apply to their baby’s sleep habits to adjust his sleep habits. Parents may use a variety of methods to help their baby sleep more soundly at night and get a better night’s rest, such as:
The modern baby monitor can be a combination of two or more devices. Some monitors simply provide sounds of nighttime activity through a wired microphone, while others provide videos of the infant sleeping. A good combination of the two will help not only record your baby’s sleep pattern, but will also allow you to view his sleep schedule at any time during the day, thus giving you greater control over how to help him sleep. This helps to avoid sudden crying when he needs you at night.
The Timing Of Feeding
Just like adults, some babies need to go to bed earlier than others. If you are using one of the methods of infant sleep training described above, you should feed your baby at the same time every night.
Using a baby monitor will allow you to check on your baby every few hours during the day so that you can make sure he is getting adequate sleep. This is an important step in the sleep training process. Once you begin to feed your baby at different times at night, you will notice a significant change in his behavior when the time for sleep comes.
Starting at about six months, you can introduce a set of standard bedtime routines, such as going to bed and getting up in the same way each time. These will help establish a solid routine that can be followed night after night. This is another step toward sleep training your baby.
When a baby wakes up at night to eat, it is not necessarily because his hunger has become acute. He may simply be too hungry to sleep. If you consistently feed him at the same time each day, and he is still not hungry, it is probably a good idea to try one of the methods of infant sleep training described above.
If your baby needs naps during the day, make sure he has a nap during the day and an hour or two at night. If he’s hungry, give him snacks like boiled rice, or make up his own nutrition. Don’t over-feed him, though. You want to establish a feeding rhythm that works for him. As he gets better at sleep training, you can increase the length of his naps and even introduce him to using a baby monitor to get his attention in the evenings.