What is Ferbers sleep training for your baby?

What is Ferbers sleep training for your baby?

When you have a baby, it is difficult to be well rested as pretty much as any other time in your life. Some of the parents are okay with it for a while, but there comes a point where a parent gets tired and wanted some solid sleep. Unfortunately, many babies wake up during night until it is taught to sleep through the night and take longer naps. Sleep training comes in all shapes and forms; there are so many different ways to teach your baby healthy sleep habits. One of the most popular sleep training methods is the Ferber method which is also known as Ferberizing.

The Ferber method involves letting your baby cry at increasingly longer intervals until they are sleeping through the night and taking longer naps.  As babies would rather have your help falling asleep, so they’ll often cry at bedtime or in the middle of the night while learning to put them to bed. This method helps to teach your baby to soothe himself to sleep when he is physically and emotionally ready, usually between 3 and 5 months of age. If the child can fall asleep without help, then he can fall back to sleep quickly when he wakes between sleep cycles at night, which is normal.

The age for the Ferber method is 6 months old before the baby is sitting up and standing up. Some families start at 4 months old while others wait until over a year old.

check in on your crying baby in intervals

But most of them recommend starting sleep training when your baby is between 4 and 6 months old. By the time the baby is about 4 months old, they typically started to develop a regular sleep-wake cycle and dropped most of their night feedings. These are the signs they may be ready to start sleep training. There isn’t right or wrong time it depends on your baby as every situation is different. Some may not be ready for sleep training until they’re a bit older. Some babies sleep for a longer time at an early age, while others won’t until much later.

It is important to consider certain steps to implement the Ferber sleep training method of getting a baby to sleep. This method consists of a very specific set of instructions and it’s most effective when it’s followed exactly as described, but it can also be personalized if you feel the precise time frames aren’t right for your family.

• It is necessary to create a bedtime routine for a baby to follow every night which can include a bath, reading story books or any activity which makes your child calm. But make sure that your baby is still awake when you put him to bed.
• It is important to make your baby sleep in her own room.
• It is important to check on baby at regular intervals i.e. 3 minutes, 5 minutes and then 10 minutes on the first day and increasingly longer intervals if the baby cries. During those check-ins, reassure your baby by patting him gently without picking him up.
• Gradually allow the child to cry for a longer period of time each night before returning to soothe the child.
• Comfort the child only for a minute or two and then leave the room again, even if the child is still crying. Make sure to leave the light off and speak quietly.

Although Ferber sleep training is controversial, researchers agree on some points. As they feel that this method is not appropriate for young babies because young babies need to feed at night and their sleep-wake patterns are still immature.

Instead, parents can try out a number of safe, age-appropriate tactics for improving their babies sleep. This method also affects children who have a fear of sleeping alone or being left alone. Therefore the study that looks at long term consequences in children older than seven months concluded that there are neither beneficial nor negative effects.

Ferbers sleep training for your baby

sleep training for your baby

It is important to make your baby sleep in her own room

But most of them recommend starting sleep training when your baby is between 4 and 6 months old


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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