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Baby Sleep Training: The Ferber Method (page 2)

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Updated on Jul 6, 2012

Implementation

If you think that the Ferber method is right for you and your little one, bring it up in your next doctor's appointment. Younger babies under 6 months should never be subjected to the Ferber method. If you get the go-ahead from your doc, here's how to start.

  • Follow a consistent and predictable bedtime routine filled with calming activities. You want to ensure that your sleepy guy is ready for bed instead of being alert and wanting playtime when you lay him down for the night.
  • Lay your baby in his crib and say goodnight. Leave the room promptly.
  • Wait 5 to 10 minutes if your baby begins to cry. It might help to set a timer so you know exactly how much time has lapsed.
  • Go into your baby's room, and offer comfort and soothing words. Tell him that it's bedtime, but don't pick him up. Instead, exit the room promptly.
  • Double the time that you waited during the first round if your baby continues to cry. Repeat the same process of offering comfort without picking him up, and then exit the room. COntinue the process for as long as it takes your baby to settle and fall asleep.
  • Be consistent with your methods. Ferberizing only works if you set a precedent of not taking your little one out of bed after bedtime. Just one weak moment and all of your hard work could be completely undone.

No, the Ferber method definitely isn't for everyone. But if you think your baby is waking up more out of habit than he is for a specific reason, it's something that could work for you and your family with your doctor's blessing. I mean, after 6 months of sleep deprivation, you're willing to try anything, right?

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