For sleep deprived parents everywhere, getting a baby to sleep through the night can seem like mission impossible. Lack of sleep and good parenting don't always go hand in hand, and although sleeplessness is expected during the newborn phase, at some point you just need a good night's rest. With the plethora of different sleep training methods out there its hard to know what the best one for your little one is. If you're opposed to tears during sleep training, the No Cry Sleep Solution might just be for you. But what is the No Cry Sleep Solution? It sounds almost too good to be true.
The method gets its name from the popular parenting book The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways To Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night by Elizabeth Pantly. The book presents a third option to the controversial cry it out methods or simply "grinning and baring" waking up every few hours all night long until your baby eventually outgrows their sleep habits. With no tears involved, the method's appeal is undeniable.
The premise behind the method is to identify your baby's specific struggles when it comes to sleeping through the night and handling them first. Is your baby used to nursing until they fall asleep? Are they scared of being alone at night? Pantly wrote that identifying your child's specific sleep struggles will help more than anything.
From there, you'll learn to work with your baby's sleep rhythms and natural patterns. You work with their schedule instead of forcing them into your own. Pantly's book helps parents create a customized method for their own baby, gradually removing themselves, and their baby's sleep habits, from the scenario until their baby learns to fall asleep (and stay asleep) all on their own.
According to Today's Parent, routine and consistency are vastly important to the success of Pantly's method. Furthermore, the method also accommodates for all kinds of sleep arrangements, whether you co-sleep, bed-share, or sleep in separate rooms, the method can apply to you and your baby.
It might sound too good to be true, but many parents swear by the method and for anyone against tears at bed-time, the No-Cry Sleep Solution might be the answer to their sleep-deprived prayers.