It can be challenging for new parents to ensure that their baby gets a sufficient amount of sleep. The average newborn baby can sleep for most of the night and day. Initially, it is hard to devise a set sleeping schedule.
Parents who struggle with a baby’s sleeping behavior often pursue a cry it out method (CIO), which involves allowing the baby to cry for a period of time by themselves. The CIO method is often used to describe several different methods that all relate to training the baby to soothe themselves and to fall asleep independently.
The Ferber method is arguably the most well-known method of sleep training to date. This method involves putting a baby to bed when the child is in a state of drowsiness but still awake.
If the baby starts to cry, the parents should leave the baby to cry for about 5 minutes before responding or soothing the baby. After the initial response, a parent can extend the time between responses with 5-minute increments.
Hogg and Blau’s method
With regard to the CIO method, Hogg and Blau state that babies will do three “crescendos” of crying before they fall asleep. In this method, parents are permitted to respond during the second peak. After responding to the baby during the second peak, parents should leave immediately after the baby settles.
Heidi Murkoff states that reinforcement of sleep, scheduled awakening, and graduated extinction starts at about 4 months of age. Murkoff argues that “cold turkey” CIO is suitable, which involves putting the baby into the crib and closing the door until morning.
Unfortunately, there is no strict formula that will work for every parent when it comes to sleep training. Make sure to consult your pediatrician before using any sleep training method.