Getting enough sleep as a parent can be a struggle, and when you don't get enough of it you kind of feel like you might die. I mean, lack of sleep can impact your mood, health, and ability to function. So if you're like me, and your baby hates sleep, you might decide to give sleep training a try. Letting your baby "cry it out" can seem scary and challenging, though, and it can be hard to know how to even start the process. I've learned there are a few things you should do before sleep training, too, that will not only set you up for success but will help you get through the not-so-pleasant parts of trying to teach your baby how to sleep on their own.
The first step? Well, in my humble opinion, you should consider consulting a professional to make sure your baby is ready for sleep training. You should also make sure there's not something else going on that's interrupting their sleep. Next, you've got to commit to a method and make sure your partner is on board. I am not gonna lie, sleep training is hard, and it'll be even harder when one of you, as parents, gives in. You will probably want to quit, too, and probably more than once. You have to accept the idea that your baby can learn to fall asleep on their own, though, which is easier said than done, especially if you're like me and hate to hear yourbaby cry. And before you start the entire process you should probably get some sleep first, because sleep training is not for the faint of heart and it's hard not to throw in the towel in the middle of the night when you're sleep deprived.
So, if you miss sleep as much as I do, and are ready to give sleep training a try, here are a few things you should do first: