You’ve may have heard about sleep training from friends or family members. If you’ve told them about your lack of sleep, they may have suggested that it’s time to sleep train. If you simply nodded and thought, “I have to Google that when I get home,” then you may have found your chosen method.
However, you may be wondering whether it’s time to start sleep training. While age is definitely something to keep in mind, there are some periods in your baby’s life that aren’t great. Well, that’s why we are here.
It’s best to start sleep training once you introduce solids. Up until the age of 6 months, your baby will still need to feed several times throughout the night. Plus, your baby may be sleeping more with a full tummy, something they will have with more solid foods.
At least 6 months of age
While some will sleep train long before 6 months, you should wait until 6 months before using the Ferber Method or the cry-it-out method. But if you use the gentler methods, such as the fading method, you can do it around 4 months of age, as long as you continue to get up for those night feedings.
Before stubborn phase
The older your child gets, the more stubborn he gets. If you wait until he’s closer to 12 months or 18 months, he could reject your efforts. He may also be able to stand up in his crib or scream “mama” or “dada” as he cries. That makes it much harder to sleep train so many choose to do it between the ages of 6 to 10 months to avoid the stubborn phases.
Teething is another major issue that can interrupt sleep training. Of course, children teethe at different times, but it’s not uncommon for a tooth to come out around the age of 6 months.
Understanding sleep regressions
It’s also important to understand sleep regressions. Throughout the first two years, your little one will go through sleep regressions. These periods will result in less sleep, more frustrations, and more learning. Your baby will struggle to fall asleep, so teaching him sleep skills at this time may be a waste of time.
When did you start sleep training your child? Share your experiences below to help moms who are struggling to sleep train their baby.