Our sleep training Parent Relievers have worked with many babies to get them to sleep through the night. If your baby is ready to sleep through, it typically takes 3-5 nights of training. We recommend having the Parent Reliever scheduled for 3 nights in a row and then based on how your baby does, either have her come back one more night or try it on your own using the sleep training techniques that have worked over the first 3 nights. Depending on how the night alone goes, you all are either sleeping blissfully or you can request us back for another 1-2 nights to ensure this new sleep pattern has set in.
How Do You Know If Your Baby Is Ready?
In general, babies should be at least 12 weeks old and weigh at least 12 pounds. We suggest you check with your pediatrician if you are not sure your baby is ready.
Here are a few good signs that your baby is getting ready to start skipping a nighttime feeding:
- You want to see that your baby is starting to stretch the time between feedings. This can happen during the day or the night. If it is happening during the day that is a good sign. However, you will need to start waking the baby during the day after 3 hours to feed him or her so that he or she does not use the day for sleeping and the night for eating and playing.
- Your baby may skip a feeding during the day or night.
- Your baby is on a nice schedule where he or she has a usual time for bed andbedtime routine, and a normal morning wake time that might work for a baby trying to sleep through the night. It is worthwhile waking the baby at 6:30 or 7 am as he or she starts to get close to sleeping through the night because in the beginning you would like him or her to sleep from about 12 am to 6 am.
- They eat regularly and well during the evening.
- They have nice periods of being awake and alert during the day lasting at least 2 hours.