The simple answer to the question; “when can I start sleep training?” is that babies are most receptive to sleep training from 18 weeks old.
Once your baby reaches this age, here are a couple of key points to consider:
What is the most suitable approach to sleep training for your baby?
All babies are different, as are your family’s circumstances (i.e. siblings to consider, twins etc).
How do you identify the best approach for your baby?
To identify the best approach for you and your baby, you need to first identify their temperament. By doing this, you will be able to formulate the ideal plan and stick to it.
The key to any sleep training plan is consistency, so this eliminates second-guessing and overthinking. You will be informed, equipped and ready to respond in the most appropriate way for your little one.
Under 18 weeks:
Don’t worry if your baby is under 18 weeks, there are still practices you can use to help get your baby get ready. At this age, it is all about setting cues and rhythms to help your baby recognise sleep time, and identify the difference between day and night. It really is all about practice; little and often.