Happy parenting to you if it’s your first time having a baby! On one hand, the addition of that little bundle of joy in your family is something that has taken you to cloud nine. On the other hand, it asks you for showing extra care and being more responsible as a parent.
When it comes to sleep training your baby, you might have been following some myths blindly just because every other person does so. However, you must know the reality in order to let your baby have a good and proper sleep.
Let me run you through some common myths and facts in the light of science-based evidence below:
MYTH: Crying it out is not good for my little one
FACT: There is nothing wrong if you sleep train your baby while he cries it out. Noticeably, there are numerous Pediatric studies supporting CIO sleep training as an effective approach. Over and above that, it won’t put any long-term impact on the mental or emotional development of your baby. Nonetheless, it’s reasonable to let your child cry for around 5-10 minutes only.
MYTH: I cannot share the same room if i sleep train my baby
FACT: There is nothing wrong in sharing the same room as you sleep train your baby. In fact, it’s a more convenient way to breastfeed your baby. As well as that, doing so reassures you that your baby is perfectly fine. However, your baby should have his own separate place for having comfortable sleep, for instance, a bassinet or a crib.
MYTH: Consuming cereal before bedtime aids in keeping my baby asleep
FACT: It does not actually work. In contrast, it is suggested not to add cereal in your child’s bottle since the introduction of solid foods should take place when your baby turns six months old. Also, your baby is more likely to put on additional weight if he consumes cereal in his bottle before sleeping at night.
All you need is to give a try to whatever method of sleep training you feel appropriate. Holding and cuddling your little one as he is falling asleep is fine for the first 3 months. However, older babies require learning the importance of falling asleep and self-soothing on their own.