July 11, 2016

Real Life Example of How to Get a Baby to Sleep in a Crib

Real Life Example

The following is a real life example of the technique being used to sleep train an 18-month old toddler at the start of the summer. Before sleep training commenced, this toddler took about 90 minutes to get to sleep with non-stop crying and comforting. By the fourth night of sleep training, the baby fell asleep by himself with no crying within a matter of minutes.

1st Night

how to get baby to sleep in crib

The baby had a daytime nap from 1:00-3:00 pm. When he woke he was allowed to to look at children’s tv for 30 mins (after some playing) from 3:30-4:00 pm. Following this he outside for 45 mins of outdoor activity until about 4:45 pm. The family then had dinner from 5:00-5:45 pm. At the end of dinner a parent went upstairs and closed the curtains in the baby’s room and darkened the upstairs as much as possible. Bath time (including drying and dressing in night clothes) took place from 6:00-6:30 pm. The bath was kept reasonably low-key, and after bath was very low-intensity (no playing). The baby was then read the following books (click for Amazon links):

Then the parent said that it was time for ‘nite nite’, and went around the bedroom asking the baby to wave goodnight at all the animals, pictures, etc. in the bedroom. By this stage the baby realised that he was about to be put into his crib and started protesting. However the parent finished their pre-bed routine (for about another 2 minutes), and then repeatedly told the baby how loved he was, and that it is time for ‘nite nite’. The baby was kissed again and put into his crib. He immediately stood up, crying. The parent kissed him on his head again, said that his Mommy and Daddy loved him, kissed him again, saying ‘nite nite’, and slowly walked out of the room. The following sequence then took place, and then timings were followed exactly using a stopwatch (on iPhone) and all activity written down on a pen and paper :

2:00 minutes – out of bedroom
:30 seconds – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
2:00 minutes – out of bedroom
:30 seconds – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
3:00 – out of bedroom
:30 – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
4:00 – out of bedroom
:30 – repeat as above
5:00- out of bedroom, for first period of 5 minutes. A simple video monitor was used to watch the baby
:30 – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
5:00 – out of bedroom
:30 – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
5:00 – out of bedroom
:30 – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
5:00 – sat down in crib, still crying when left by himself
:30 – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
5:00 stopped crying, exhausted, still sitting up
:30 – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
5:00 – fighting sleep, still sitting up
:30 – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
5:00 – lay down and fell asleep

2nd Night

The same pre-bed routine and similar timings were followed, this time with a baby play-list on an iPad instead of television time after his midday nap. After bath time, the following books were read (click for Amazon links):

Exactly the same sequence then took place. The pen and paper were used again to record progress and notes, and to compare progress with the previous night. Again a simple video monitor was used to watch the baby when out of the bedroom. The following occurred:

2:00 minutes – out of bedroom
:30 seconds – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
2:00 minutes – out of bedroom
:30 seconds – repeat as above
3:00
:30
4:00
:30
5:00 sat down in crib, stopped crying
:30
5:00
:30
5:00 lay down and fell asleep

3rd Night

Again the same pre-bed routine took place, same bath time and same activity before placing the baby into his crib. The following sequence was recorded:

2:00 minutes – out of bedroom, baby sat down but still crying
:30 seconds – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
2:00 minutes – out of bedroom, stopped crying
:30 seconds – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
3:00 minutes – not crying, just sitting up
:30 seconds – repeat as above
4:00
:30
5:00
:30
5:00 – fell asleep

4th Night

Again for the fourth night, the same pre-bed routine took place, same bath time and same activity before placing the baby into his crib. This time just before the baby was placed in his crib, his parent asked him if he wanted to get into his crib, and the baby nodded. The following sequence was recorded:

2:00 minutes – out of bedroom, baby sat down, no crying!
:30 seconds – back into bedroom, give a kiss on head, say ‘We love you, time for nite nite, we love you, time for nite nite’
2:00 minutes – repeat as above
:30
3:00
:30
4:00 – baby fell asleep

5th Night

Sleep training is finished by this point (4 nights), but the fifth and sixth night were recorded to show what happens in the following nights:

2:00 minutes – no crying
:30
2:00
:30
3:00 – asleep

6th Night

Put the baby into his cot, happy to get in (no crying), no need for further visits. Happy baby and very happy parents!!….

 

 

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