When is the right time to sleep train your child?
What's the right age for sleep training?
Our expertise in pediatric sleep development and our experience helping countless sleep deprived families leads us to believe that 10 weeks is about as early as you can go, with 12 to 16 weeks being a sweet spot for a smooth sleep training experience.
What happens during the 4 month sleep regression if you sleep train earlier? While some kids still may have a slight hiccup, we find that our clients that sleep train earlier have a much easier time riding that wave because these babies are well practiced at falling asleep on their own, and their parents know exactly what to do to get through it!
What if your child is older than 16 weeks? Don't worry! While sleep training by 16 weeks may be ideal, it's still possible after that point. We've had success helping parents sleep train their older babies and toddlers, though it does come with some unique challenges if you're considering doing it yourself.
Our best tricks for toddlers and older infants:
- Keep your toddler or older baby in their crib for as long as possible, dropping the mattress as low as you need to in order to keep them safe. The less they can play with everything in their room, the easier this will be. Sleep sacks can be great to keep little climbers safe.
- No matter how old your baby is, talk them through what's going on. Kids understand things so much earlier than we give them credit for!
- Reward charts with fun outings and special gifts as prizes for older toddlers is often a game changer.
It's never too early to create a healthy sleep environment (ex. keeping the room dark and quiet with minimal activity at night) , and it's never too late to give your kiddo the opportunity to learn healthy sleep. But if you have to opportunity, we recommend sleep training as early as possible after the 12 week mark.