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What are the different types of sleep training?

When it comes to helping your baby develop healthy sleep habits, sleep training can be a game-changer for both you and your child. However, with so many different methods out there, it can be difficult to decide which approach to take - here, we take a look at some of the most popular options out there:

1. The Ferber Method

The Ferber Method, also known as graduated extinction, involves gradually increasing the amount of time you wait before comforting your baby when they cry. This method aims to teach your baby to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own.

2. The Weissbluth Method

The Weissbluth Method, developed by Dr. Marc Weissbluth, focuses on creating a consistent sleep schedule for your baby. It emphasizes the importance of naps and early bedtimes to prevent overtiredness, which can lead to difficulty falling asleep

3. The Pick-Up-Put-Down Method

The Pick-Up-Put-Down Method, popularized by Tracy Hogg, involves picking up your baby when they cry and putting them back down once they have calmed down. This method aims to provide comfort while still encouraging independent sleep.

4. The Chair Method

The Chair Method, also known as the Sleep Lady Shuffle, involves sitting in a chair next to your baby's crib until they fall asleep. Gradually, you move the chair farther away over time, teaching your baby to sleep without your presence.

5. The No-Cry Sleep Solution

The No-Cry Sleep Solution, developed by Elizabeth Pantley, focuses on gentle techniques to help your baby sleep better. It involves creating a soothing bedtime routine, establishing a sleep-friendly environment, and gradually teaching your baby to fall asleep without excessive crying.

Which method is right for you?

Only you know what is best for your baby and your family and sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to figure out which method works for you. Another option is to find a sleep consultant that you trust and whose approach you feel best aligns with your needs. Sometimes a bit of guidance can go a long way!


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