Being a parent comes with beautiful moments, like seeing your little one smile for the first time.
However, it’s not all roses. The truth is there will be more than a few challenges, including sleep training.
Yes, sleep training your baby can be a daunting task, especially if you’re room-sharing.
But is it even possible to sleep train a baby while room-sharing?
Take a breath of relief because sleep training while room-sharing is totally doable! It may involve extra patience and dedication, but it’s not impossible.
In this post, I’ll teach how to sleep train your baby in your room and get a good night’s sleep yourself.
What are the benefits of sleeping in the same room with your baby?
What are the benefits of sleeping in the same room with your baby?
Sleeping in the same room with your baby can be a great way to bond and provide comfort. Some parents worry that their babies might not sleep as well when they are sleeping near them, but studies show that babies who sleep in the same room have higher rates of breastfeeding and shorter duration of crying.
What’s more, sleeping in the same room with your baby has been found to help decrease postpartum depression.
However, there’s one downside and that’s nightime wakings. Once babies turn four months old, they may be waking out of habit. This can be an issue for parents, especially if work awaits in the morning.
Luckily, sleep training has helped many parents successfully teach their little ones how to fall back to sleep on their own when they wake up at night.
The best age to start sleep training is when your baby is at least four months old. At this age, he may no longer need nighttime feedings and he’s developmentally ready.
Although a challenge, sleep training is possible.
6 tips for successful sleep training
Create the right environment
The more calm and inviting your baby’s sleep environment is, the better chance of success you’ll have and this will help reduce night wakings. Make sure there are no bright lights or sounds that will disrupt her sleeping routine or wake her up too early.
Here are a few more tips:
- To keep your baby cozy, maintain a room temperature between 68-72F (20-22.2c).
- Keep her swaddled. Being snug in a swaddle reminds babies of the environment in the womb. Swaddling has many benefits, such as keeping your baby warm and secure. Even better, being snuggly wrapped means sleeping more soundly throughout the night.
- As bedtime approaches, quiet down the entire house, dim the lights, and close your curtains to get your baby ready for sleep.
- Make sure your baby sleeps in her own safe sleeping place on a firm, flat surface.
Establish a bedtime routine
At the core of a successful sleep training process is a consistent bedtime routine. It’s never too early to start a bedtime routine for your baby. A consistent and calming bedtime routine will help you get your little one off to sleep faster, make bedtime easier on everyone, and set up healthy sleep habits that will last throughout their life.
Simply find something that works for you as a parent and your baby. It should be calming, repetitive, and soothing. In other words, it should help your baby sleep like a, well, baby.
Commonly, a consistent bedtime routine includes a routine of giving your baby a warm bath, diaper change, getting her into a swaddle, dimming the lights, and playing some white noise.
Once you find something that works for you, remain consistent. Your baby will learn what to expect, which can help her to eventually self-soothe.
Move the crib away from your bed
Move the crib or co-sleeper away from the bed and as far away as possible! The further you move it, the better.
This way, your baby will be able to sleep in the same room as you without interruption and won’t get in your space at night when both of you are trying to catch some shut-eye.
What’s more, if your baby can’t see you, she will be more likely to fall asleep and less likely to cry for you.
Use white noise
Many parents don’t realize how beneficial white noise can be for their babies.
When your baby was in your womb, he was exposed to all kinds of sounds like your heartbeat, your voice and breathing, as well as other ambient noises such as blood flow in the arteries and veins.
That’s why playing these types of noises during sleep time or naps helps to improve the length and quality of sleep.
White noise masks the sound of loud noises or other sounds that might wake your baby up. It will help drown out any background noises in your home and lull your little one into a deeper sleep.
What’s more, it’s a great way of getting regular rest for yourself as well as helping your little one learn how to sleep through the night on her own.
Get a white noise machine and place it next to your little one’s crib to lull her back into a deep slumber if she wakes up in the middle of the night. White noise is calming, soothing, and perfect for helping babies fall back asleep!
The more sleep you get, the happier and healthier both of you are going to be!
Stick to your sleep training plan
You may sometimes feel like giving up – but don’t! The key to sleep training your baby in your room successfully lies in being consistent and dedicated. Just know: it will get better with time. Some babies will start falling asleep on their own in less than a few days, while others need some more time.
It may help if you set a regular bedtime and wake-up time for you and your baby. Put her down at a set time every night and have her wake up at the same time in the morning. By doing so, you’re teaching her healthy sleep habits and preventing over- or under-tiredness.
Sleep in another room temporarily
Another thing you can try is sleeping in another room for a few nights. This will help you teach your baby to sleep in her own bed and not rely on you for comfort at night.
If she wakes up, play some white noise or gently pat her on the back until she falls back asleep. You might also consider jiggling the crib gently if it helps lull your little one back to sleep.
Here’s another idea: stay in the bedroom and if she wakes up crying, sneak into the living room and wait it out there.
The idea of sleep training your baby in your room until she figures out how to successfully navigate getting a full night’s sleep may sound like a terrible idea.
I totally understand.
Many parents have gone through what you’re going through right now and let me tell you something: they’ve all survived!
And get this: they all now have a child who’s a well-adjusted toddler sleeping all throughout the night in his/her own room.
Yes, the entire experience can be frustrating, but it’s doable.
The goal of these tips is to help you survive sharing a room with your baby and help you teach her how to sleep on her own.