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7 Keys To Independent Sleep Tips

Michelle Brown | Oct 11, 2023

Helping your infant learn to sleep independently is an important aspect of their development and can also provide much-needed rest for parents. Keep in mind that all infants are unique, and what works for one may not work for another. However, here are some general tips to help your infant sleep independently:


1. Establish a Consistent Bedtime Routine:

  Create a predictable bedtime routine that signals to your baby that it's time to sleep. This might include activities like a warm bath, feeding, reading a short story, and gentle rocking or singing.


2. Set a Regular Sleep Schedule:

  Babies thrive on routine, so try to put your baby to sleep and wake them up at the same time each day. This helps regulate their internal clock.


3. Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment:

  Make sure your baby's sleep space is safe, comfortable, and conducive to sleep. Use a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress, and ensure the room is dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature.


4. Gradual Independence:

  Gradually encourage your baby to fall asleep on their own. Initially, you may need to hold, rock, or nurse them until drowsy but not fully asleep. Slowly reduce your involvement over time, allowing them to self-soothe.


5. Teach Self-Soothing Techniques:

  Encourage your baby to learn self-soothing techniques, such as using a pacifier, thumb, or a favorite stuffed animal. These can provide comfort when they wake in the night.


6. Talk to an I Help Moms Sleep Coach About The Ferber Method:

  The Ferber Method, or progressive waiting, involves allowing your baby to cry for short periods before soothing them. Make sure to speak to an I Help Moms Certified Sleep Coach to see if this is the right fit.


7. Avoid Overstimulation Before Bed:

  In the hour or so leading up to bedtime, minimize activities that may overstimulate your baby. Bright lights, loud noises, and excessive play can make it harder for them to settle down.


Teaching an infant to sleep independently takes time and patience. Consistency is key. It may take a few weeks for your baby to adjust to a new routine.

What works for one baby may not work for another, and it's important to consider your baby's unique temperament and developmental stage in the process of teaching them to sleep independently.

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