5 no-tears ways to sleep-train your baby

Dying to get bubba to sleep without any waterworks? One of these methods might just do the trick!


To most parents, just hearing the phrase sleep training often conjures up an image of a tearful — and pitiful — infant who is left to cry himself to sleep on his own in a dark and cold nursery.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, some sleep-training techniques are aimed at helping baby get to sleep with as few tears as possible.

While these may sound like a more pleasant alternative to “cry-it-out” techniques, don’t assume that it’ll will work from the get-go. It will still take some trial and error — and time — to nail these techniques. Most sleep experts will encourage you to stick to a chosen method for at least two weeks before trying another. Follow these steps to ensure greater success at sleep training your sweetie…

* Stick to a bedtime routine This schedule can consist of calming activities like reading a story, singing lullabies or just feeding your little one before putting him in the crib. More importantly, you should be consistent in sticking to the order of activities — for instance, bathing him, singing and settling him down in the crib. Keeping to a routine makes bedtime predictable, so baby is less likely to fuss when he knows what’s going to happen next.

* Introduce a sleep schedule As babies thrive on routines, it’s essential to put bubba on a sleep schedule as early as possible. This means sticking to the same time for his naps and bedtime at the same time every day. Having a timetable in place can also help you plan your activities around your child’s sleep needs.


Most sleep experts will encourage you to stick to a chosen method for at least two weeks before trying another.


*Take note of your baby’s sleep cues So that you’ll know when’s the right time to put him in the crib to sleep. Most tears-free techniques require you to put your cherub into the crib while he’s drowsy but still awake — so it’s important you know the signs. Look out for changes in behaviour like becoming less active, slower movements, yawning, rubbing his eyes and getting cranky or fussy with his food.

* Create a calming environment A dimly lit room with the curtains drawn will definitely turn the nursery into a more conducive sleeping environment. If you plan to play soft music or calming white noise, make sure it’s the right volume. 

* Know your child’s sleep needs Your munchkin’s sleep patterns will change as he grows. For instance, a 1- to 2-month-old baby will need four to five naps daily, each lasting about 45 minutes to two hours. On the other hand, a 12-to 18-month-old baby takes only one to two naps daily, each lasting about one to three hours long.