Sleep is a sought after commodity among parents. Unfortunately, many babies don't have the same sentiments about the preciousness of a good night's rest, forcing parents to take drastic measure to get their babies to sleep. At some point though, most parents have to adopt some kind of system to get their baby to sleep for longer stretches at night. If the words "cry it out" automatically make you cry a little too, you don't have to abandon all hopes of sleep training. Luckily, there are a few sleep training strategies that don't involve cry it out that have worked for many families just as well.
These methods admittedly take a bit more work than the various methods that involve crying to some degree. Although certain cry it out methods can work in a few nights, most of the more gentle approaches to sleep training can take weeks or even months to work fully. However, if you're trying to avoid crying in your baby's nighttime routine, a more gentle approach that takes a bit longer will be well worth the effort and time it takes to work.
In conjunction with these gentle sleep training strategies, a soothing nighttime routine and a calming bedroom will be essential in the success of the methods. Before you know it, your baby will be sleeping for longer stretches at night, or even all through the night, and you'll finally get a bit more shut eye as well.