Gentle sleep training is probably the easiest emotionally to do. Sometimes I find it very painful to listen to my little guy cry because he cries with such intensity. However, it does takes the most energy/effort, and could take baby anywhere from 5 mins to 2 hours to fall asleep. Here’s what I did:
Went through the bedtime routine, bathe, rock and bottle feed. If she got drowsy during feeding, I would try to keep her awake until she was finished. *Try tickling, stop rocking if your rock while feeding, or rub her head.
Once she was done feeding and drowsy, I would lay her down in her bassinet. If she started crying, I would reassure her with a few pats or shushing to calm her back down. If that didn’t work, I would pick her up and calm her down but make sure to put her down in her crib before she falls asleep.
I would repeat the above step until she fell asleep.
Here is where it started to get challenging, I had to stop picking her up. Unless she was crying uncontrollably, I stuck with shushing or any hands free method to try to calm her. It is important to give them space to begin to find her own way to self sooth.
Each day after day 7 I would move away from her bedside a little at a time until I was sitting outside the door.
That’s the gist of the gentle method. It works but it does take more time, and if your baby isn’t quite ready for the quick transition you can take it a bit slower. You can get back to the “I NEED SLEEP!” post by clicking here or the main sleep training page click here.
For a more in depth explanation of the gentle method try this book “Good Night, Sleep Tight The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep, and Wake Up Happy” it’s by Kim West
Have you tried the gentle sleep training method? How did it work for you?