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When can I begin sleep training on my child?

You may consider sleep training your child for naps as early as 8-10 weeks and night time between three to four months of age. However, this timeline is an average. Your child's temperament, history and family factors all contribute when determining the most prudent time to sleep train your child successfully.

Is my child too old to do sleep training?

It is never too late to teach a child healthy sleep habits, although the older the child the more involved the process may become.

Why does my child have to cry in order to learn how to sleep?

As parents, it is always very difficult to hear our child cry. When sleep training, infants and toddlers cry to say, “This is frustrating. Why are you putting me down awake?” As parents we respond by saying, “I know you don't like this, but it is important that you learn to fall asleep on your own.” Just as we set limits on how much sugar we allow our child to eat (regardless of how much they complain), we also need to set limits in the area of sleep.

How long will it take for me to sleep train my child?

The general rule of thumb is 3-5 days, but this is dependent on the age of the child and how the parent responded to the child regarding issues of sleep in the past. If your goal is to create healthy naps as well as nighttime sleep then allow two to three weeks to complete the training for both daytime and nighttime (again dependent on the child's age). Often parents begin to see results early on.


 

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