Sleep training for infants - Akron Children's Hospital video

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- Newborn infants, so about zero

to two or three months old

need between 14 and 17 hours of sleep at night,

whereas as slightly older infants, so three to 12 months,

need more like 12 to 15 hours of sleep.

There is kind of what's called

the classical extinction method,

some parents might of heard it as called cry it out.

And that is when you essentially put your child down

in bed, in a crib, a safe space for them,

drowsy, but not fully asleep,

and you leave them and you allow them to self soothe,

which often looks like crying for infants,

until they put themselves to sleep.

Some parents will choose to do a more gradual

sleep training method,

when they're present with the child

but kind of gradually reducing

the amount of physical contact they have with them.

So they may instead of picking them up or rocking them,

they may be present in the room

but still allowing their child to fall asleep on their own

without a lot of parental interaction,

and gradually fading further and further from their child,

gradually reduce the physical contact.

Or, they may put their child down,

allow them to try to go to sleep,

but then come back and check on them from time to time

so that they are seeing how their child's doing,

allowing them to self soothe,

the child knows that the parent's there

but they're not physically present the whole time.

Infants, like all of us, can certain be having illnesses

that can be interrupting their sleep,

so if a child is overly fussy,

has a difficult time self soothing,

then it could be good for parents

to reach out to their doctor to see if maybe

their child's dealing with something like colic.

Infants often go through teething at this age as well.

Another reason that would be important for parents

to reach out to the doctor is if

they're noticing their child

having any difficulty breathing at night.

So if they're doing any snoring, choking, gasping

while they're trying to sleep,

it would make sense to talk to their pediatrician.