Posted by: Llyn | 2007/02/27


Advice on sleep training

Hi - my daughter is 8 months old and we have recently moved her into her own room and cot (she has since birth slept with us in our bed). The problem is that she struggles to fall asleep on her own and we have been trying to sleep train her. Last night she cried so much in her cot that she vomited - my question is whether I should just let her cry (with me in the room) or should I pick her up to console her? (she does have a temper). I am not sure how to teach her to fall asleep on her own in her cot. Your advice would be much appreciated.

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Posted by: muffin | 2007/02/27

well firstly good luck. I am lucky that I have not had to do sleep training with my 2, but what I have read and heard from friends is that you must not pick her up - go in, pat her on the back to reassure her you are there, and then leave. The interval between going in every time should get bigger. If she vomits I would certainly clean her up and then start again. She is used to you when she falls asleep so it is going to be hard on her, but if you persevere it should work. The baby sense book has a section on how to sleep train in a way that is not too traumatic.

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