Dr. Berchelmann: How To Sleep Train Your Baby
ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) — A new study shows that allowing a baby to cry at bedtime may be harmful to their health. but Dr. Kathleen Berchlemann, pediatrician and MomDoc St. Louis Children’s Hospital does not completely agree with the study.
She talks with Margie Ellisor about babies and sleep training.
Find out how “sleep training” can help babies develop into healthy children.
Some sleep training techniques from Dr. Berchelmannn’s blog
– Ferber Method:
- Prepare your baby for sleep using night-time routines such as rocking, reading, and singing.
- Put your baby in the crib when they are drowsy but not yet asleep.
- At bedtime, leave the infant in crib and leave the room.
- Return at progressively increasing time intervals to comfort the infant with soft words, but without picking him or her up or turning on the light. For example, on the first night, soothe the baby after three minutes of crying, then after five minutes, and then each ten minutes, until the baby is asleep.
– Camping Out or Adult Fading: The “camping out method” also called the “camp-it-out method,” or “adult fading” is another commonly accepted form of sleep training. In this method, parents sit or lie in their infants’ room and may touch them while they are in their crib, but do not feed, rock, or cuddle them to sleep. Gradually, caretakers move back from the crib and eventually out of the room. Usually, parents use a chair or mattress on the floor and slowly move the chair or mattress away from the crib until they are out the door.
Age recommendations and other tips for sleep training:
– At least 6 months old
– Using Safe Sleep techniques
– If your baby is sick,teething, or out of his or her routine, it’s not a good time to sleep train. — Use consistent bedtime routines like rocking, singing, or playing music for your infant to reduce stress.
More information on sleep training from Dr. Berchelmann