Sleep training your baby: have you tried it?

Sleep. It’s a naughty word in our house to be honest. Mainly because in the last 11 years I’ve not had that much of it. To say I get irritated when other parents gloat about their babies and children who have been sleeping through since they left the womb would be an understatement.

We’ve always had a solid bedtime routine and we’ve tried all sorts with all the children over the years, to the point where I have come to accept that I just wasn’t blessed with sleepers – they have other talents of course.

There are lots of theories on sleep training your child. Different books and experts will give a range of advice and the most important thing to remember is that one size certainly doesn’t fit all.

The Ferber Method is just one approach, but perhaps something you could consider from 5 months if you are struggling? You can find out a bit more below in the infographic created by

sleep training

Sleep training is the process of helping a baby learn to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. Some babies do this quickly and easily, but many others have trouble settling down to sleep – or getting back to sleep when they’ve wakened – and they need help along the way.

Have you used a particular sleep training method? Did it work? We’d love to hear more about it in a comment below.


  1. I haven’t tried sleep training as such. We did have a firm bedtime routine though that has helped. Bath, book, low lighting, and calm seemed to work for us (sometimes In The Night Garden too!)
    My youngest is 19 months and he still gets up in the night and wakes around 5:30am – I try to treat it as a night waking if it’s before 6am. However, going to bed is usually stress-free.
    I think sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do to ‘train’ them. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can to survive!

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