- Teach your baby to fall asleep on his own
The way that your baby falls asleep at bedtime is the way he needs to fall back to sleep each time he wakes at night.
We all wake throughout the night, it’s completely normal. We just don’t remember it because we can easily put ourselves back to sleep.
If you feed your baby to sleep at bedtime, he’ll need you to help him fall back asleep each time he stirs during the night. You probably already know this, because you’re up feeding your baby 5 times a night!
When your baby can go into his crib awake, and fall asleep without your help- he’ll be able to resettle himself throughout the night. And he’ll only wake when he’s truly hungry. (This applies to breastfed and formula fed babies.)
The truth is, there are many sleep training methods that are effective for 5 month olds. But, the best sleep training approach is the one that’s suited for your baby’s temperament, his age and your parenting style.
In my program, 21 Days to Peace and Quiet, I help parents choose the best sleep training method for their baby. Some babies are better suited for a “no cry sleep training” method. While others respond better to quick methods, like “cry it out.”
You can certainly sleep train your 5 month old on your own, too!
If you prefer a gentle sleep training method, you could focus on lessening your direct support each night.
For example, if you rock your baby for 20 minutes at bedtime every night, tonight rock him for 15 minutes. Tomorrow, rock him for 10 minutes. Place him in the crib and give him hands-on soothing until he falls asleep.
As you may imagine, gentle sleep training methods like this take time. But as long as you focus on lessening your support every night, you’ll get there!
One last thing…
It’s ok if you feel overwhelmed and frustrated with your baby’s sleep. It’s completely normal for parents of 5 month olds to feel this way! Life with a new baby is exhausting on most days. Just remember, there’s always hope.
Once you start these 7 sleep training tips, and do them consistently everyday, your 5 month old will start sleeping amazingly well!
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