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I thought sleep training was going to be a nightmare.
At 6 months postpartum, my husband and I made the decision to transition our daughter Annabell to the crib. Being new parents, we knew we had no idea how to sleep train but after months of sleep deprivation, we were desperate to try.
Understandably, this transition didn’t come without obstacles.
Each night, we’d lay her down in her crib, shut the door, turn on the monitor and stare in disbelief as she screamed and cried at the top of her lungs. This was torture and no matter how hard we tried to resist going in to soothe her, eventually one of us would crack, go in and reset the whole process.
With this not working, we made a deal with one another that we wouldn’t go in her room until she had been crying for at least five minutes. Unfortunately, this didn’t work either because when five minutes was up, she was still in full blown freak out mode.
Helpless as to what to do, I decided one evening to switch things up. The moment the timer hit five minutes, I turned to my husband and said “Give her two more minutes.” Although we both hated the idea of her crying more, we knew we had to do something different if we wanted a different result.
Then, at 6 minutes and 45 seconds, the crying stopped. Our daughter had finally fallen asleep on her own. So, we continued extending it to seven minutes and within a few days our daughter was falling asleep on her own without crying.
It’s clear that my husband and I got lucky stumbling upon this, but in speaking with women through Expectful, I’ve come to know that we aren’t the only parents who struggled with sleep training. Many new parents want help, but don’t know who to turn to for accurate advice.
It’s because of this that I decided to reach out to Baby Sleep Specialist and author of The Baby Sleep Solution, Suzy Giordano to find out everything there is to know about sleep training.
It’s my hope that Suzy’s answers give you the guidance and confidence to help you train your baby to sleep throughout the night.