Like many aspects of being new parents, sleep-training is tiring, stressful, and can often require trial and error. For example, I found out my child does not like replacing his white noise sounds with '90s power ballads (a realization that, yes, was devastating). It’s also an area where, at least in my experience, seasoned parents are keen to offer up their best advice and suggestions; adding to the exhaustion and the stress. Thankfully, there are simply things you don’t have to do when sleep training, even though everyone says (or implies with intense stares and judgmental eyes) that you do.
To be fair, it’s surprising that parents can even recall whether or not they sleep trained at all, given the foggy haze that swallows many of us as we go through the process. Pure exhaustion and sleep depravation are no joke, and there are plenty of moments when parents can't recall how they got from the kitchen to the bedroom. I mean, we're walking zombies at this point. Not only are you too tired to remember much of anything, but you're too tired to write down the laundry list of suggestions, ranging from how to sleep train quickly and efficiently to how to sleep train so you don't wind up a blubbering mess of a human being in the fetal position of your bathroom floor.
Still, even when offered with the best of intentions, it’s OK to not take sleep-training advice from the woman on the next block who’s baby slept twelve hours a night starting when they were two days old. Every baby, and every parent is different, and you’re allowed to have your own journey that doesn't include unsolicited advice. So, with that in mind, here’s a list of things you definitely don’t have to check off that other list that so many people are trying to give you: