Sleep training options

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Sleep training options

If you don't feel comfortable with the cry it out method -- believe me, you are not alone on that one. Some people don't feel comfortable with that. There is another way to do it and it's called the gradual retreat process. That is where you stand by the crib or sit on the bed, depending on how old your toddler is and whether he is sleeping in a crib or a bed. You can touch them, hold their hand, comfort them in that way. You sit on the bed for about three or four nights until they start falling asleep, and then you gradually go into a chair. You can still hold their hand, touch them, those sort of things. Then you gradually move the chair back towards the door. You stay about three or four nights in between moving the chair, until they get comfortable sleeping. Once you get to the door, you sit outside the door for two or three nights. Tell the child, "I'm right here by the door. If you need me, call me, and I'll come back in." The gradual retreat process can work with older children as well, especially if they have anxiety about going to sleep, if they have nightmares or they have night terrors or anything like that. So you do not facilitate their sleep process by rocking them to sleep, but you are still helping them go off to sleep.

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Kathy Sinclair is a committed and dedicated baby sleep expert that has spent 2,856 nights without sleep so that parents of newborns could get theirs. During this time she has studied closely the secrets, nuances, and ins-and-outs of baby sleeping patterns. This study, along with her skill and knowledge, has enabled her to be known as the “Baby Whisperer of Los Angeles” by some of her clients, who know that she can get babies sleeping peacefully and easily within a very short space of time.

Kathy is a graduate of Australia's prestigious Charlton Brown Nanny College, a certified postpartum doula, lactation educator, and a certified Happiest Baby on the Block Educator. As the head of Baby Sleep Solutions, a sleep consultation service, Kathy does online, telephone and in person consulting to families who need to get more sleep quickly and without fuss.

Kathy currently spends her time between Los Angeles and Brisbane Australia, enjoying an endless summer and the best of both worlds.

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