Sleep is a basic human necessity! Without it we make more mistakes, have difficulty controlling emotions, impaired cognitive function, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight fluctuations. This is true for adults and children. Although having children can alter our normal sleep patterns when they are quite small, this is not something that should be sustained for a period of time. As long as a child has a clean bill of health they should be able to start establishing a regular sleep pattern between 3-4 months.
I have trained in over 8 different age appropriate techniques, from gentle parent present technique to more independent. From extinction to Ferber method, the sleep lady shuffle, pick up put down, put down put down, 4R's and 5S's made famous by Dr. Karp. I collaborate with parents to find out their parenting style and what might work best for their little one. Most families are given a few options to choose from, depending on the issue at hand and the age of the little one. There is no point giving a family a technique to use if the are not going to be able to stick with it.
From working with babies that are three weeks of age up to children that are five years old you can imagine that what works for a three week old will not work for a five year old. There are no two adults or children alike, and they must be treated as individuals.
It really depends on what method you choose, your child's temperament, how ingrained the habits are, and how much you've tried in the past. It is not uncommon to see improvements within a few nights, but you should be prepared to be totally consistent with the plan for at least two weeks.
I am a Certified Infant and Toddler Sleep Consultant and Registered Respiratory Therapist. When I was off on maternity leave with my second child I took a 6 month training program through Baby Sleep Consultant Training. It was a great evidence based training program with one on one coaching, and practical experience working with 16 volunteer families to become certified.
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