This is the eighth and final of 8 posts in a multi-part series called:
Sleep Training Methods: How to Get a Baby to Sleep.
First though, a short disclaimer: these posts are specifically meant to give you a taste of several of the major philosophies associated with sleep training. They are not meant to be used in lieu of reading about each method in more detail…the authors of these books and those who developed these theories have much more to share. Please consider these posts simply “cliffs notes” to give you a brief overview and get you thinking about which method you’d like to adopt.
This post concerns itself with the Contented Child Method
- Developed by Gina Ford – a former maternity nurse and British writer
- This method is based on following strict schedules for both the child and the parents where things must be done in the same order at the same time every day.
- By creating routines that match the child’s natural rhythms, the child will not become hungry, overtired or develop colic.
- Encourages daytime sleep to be limited and to wake child from naps so that the difference between daytime sleep and nighttime sleep can be learned.
- Routine and schedules changes as the child gets older but must still follow a routine every day.
- For more information, see “The Contented Little Child: The Simple Secrets of Calm, Confident Parenting” by Gina Ford or www.contentedchild.com.
You might find this free baby sleep log and baby feeding log helpful as you work on teaching your baby to sleep through the night!