Check out the infographic below I developed after reading Graig Canapari’s book titled, “It’s Never Too Late to Sleep Train.” I got some great tips from the book and decided to share them here with our readers who may be struggling with sleep training their infants during the first year.
In the first year, and especially the first six months baby sleep patterns are very irregular and Craig Canapari shares great insight on the biology behind baby sleep and gives some practical tips you can use in order for you and your infant to have better sleep.
His emphasis is to start sleep training as soon as you get home from the hospital with your newborn. The routines you get started that first week may determine the amount of sleep you’ll be getting as the primary caregiver. Once you have some routine, get those sleep routines aligned with baby feeding – feeding schedules during the day and at night. Remember to stick to them to see results.
While it may be tempting to feel the need to get your baby to sleep every night, it may also be helpful and beneficial to start getting them to bed when they are drowsy. Before long, they’ll get to sleep by themselves without needing you. Of course, you can try this a number of times if they cry a lot during the first try.
Remember to flip over the infographic below. It has two pages with 5 tips on each page.10-Commandments-of-Baby-sleep-in-the-first-year-ashley-davis-infographics
You can find Graig’s book on Amazon below.
I am a certified sleep expert and have worked with several parents to train their infants and toddlers to get more sleep. I write extensively about baby sleep and cover other topics on motherhood at MotherhoodHQ.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and can read more on baby and toddler sleep here.
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at Motherhood HQ (formerly 10BabyGear). I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at email@example.com.