High atop the list of things people frequently ask new parents, and in-between squeals associated with a baby's cuteness, are cautious inquiries about sleep. Are you getting enough of it? Is your baby getting enough of it? Where is your baby sleeping? How long is your baby sleeping? For something we’ve literally been doing our entire lives, it’s crazy how complicated it gets (and how much of it goes away) when a little one is added to the mix. And, of course, there's a whole new set of rules for sleep training.
That said, I need to come clean and admit that I was not very good at sleep training our son. My partner stepped up and really steered the process, seeing as I crumbled pretty much every time tears were involved. Thankfully, he was able to stand strong when I couldn't, which is (if I'm being honest) a necessity when you're attempting to sleep train. Whether it's one partner or both, someone will need to stay steadfast when the other ends up caving, even if it's momentarily. Another necessity? Someone with long arms who can efficiently reach in and out of the crib fifty bajillion times a night (*cough*).
As you might imagine, sleep training was and is a fairly intense process that has repeated itself multiple times (sleep regressions are the worst) but that, ultimately, my partner and I conquered (knock on wood). The following set of rules, created specifically for our family and our situation, seemed to help. Obviously, every baby and every sleep scenario is different, but a little information exchange definitely doesn't hurt. So, with that in mind, allow me to share the rules my partner and I followed that helped us survive sleep training.