Let me begin with some reassurance and scientific proof as to the merrits of sleep training. ..
A common misconception of sleep training is, that a child will be put under intense stress or will create anxiety or behavioural problems. This has been proven to be the exact opposite. The American Academy of Pediatrics set out to discover the truth behind this assertion. Note: sleep training is not recommended before 4 months. This is the papers goals :
“OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of behavioral interventions on the sleep/wakefulness of infants, parent and infant stress,p and later child emotional/behavioral problems, and parent-child attachment.“
The study is very thorough and detailed. In a nutshell these are the findings:
This was measured by testing cortisol (stress hormone) in saliva. A teeny increase was detected initially with a huge decrease over time.
Babies were found to sleep longer with out any night time disturbances.
Children were more settled and happy with zero negative side effects such a parent-child attachment.
Parents themselves reported drastically decreased stress levels, once sleep training and a routine had been established !
It is important to note that, in a large percentage of infantaside, (mothers killing their own babies) sleep problems have been found to be a major contributing factor!
The results of this study are based in 3 types of sleep training.
1. Graduated extinction: leaving baby for specific and increasing periods of time. They learn that they are safe and that you are nearby, but nap/bed time is not up for debate! Many of my friends and I have successfully used this approach.
The other 2 types of training in this study were bedtime fading and sleep education control.
MY PLAN FOR SETTLING 2 TODDLERS:
I concluded that sleep training both at once would be twice as hard as when one baby cries, the other reciprocates.
I bagan by sleep training Amelie (the baby that I babysit) first. As my home is a new environment for her, I could establish a routine without an all out rebellion! She just knows that nap time goes a certain way in my home and she accepts that. She was literally cool as a cumber on DAY 2!!!!! Straight to sleep with no resistance! !!…I know right!????? Wow!
For Logan (My 1 year old) I have a 2 part problem!
1. Night training (with frequent wakings for a bottle and the likes!)
2. Nap training
We are going to begin the night training tonight….. Then… And as I only have my own baby next week, I thought I could enforce a proper nap training then when he wouldn’t disturb Amelie! Also Jaymie, my 3 year old will have to sleep with us until Logan settles!
I’m hopeful and exhausted and can’t wait to sleep through the night myself! It has been soooo long!
I wil keep u posted as to my progress!
I would love to hear any stories or opinions about your experiences with sleep training . Please leave a comment below the article if you have any thing to say in this regard!
As always, thanks for reading!