Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Detailed Guide to the Ferber Method

Keeping awake all night to walk with an infant usually has adverse effects on you in the morning, which is the fate of most first time parents who are too worried about letting their babies cry.

Well, the Ferber Method or Ferberization is a sleep training, which involves allowing an infant to cry to the point of exhaustion, this makes it a lot easier for the baby to fall asleep (self soothe). This practice has existed for years informally but was expanded on by Dr Ferber.

As with all sleep training methods, there are a few principles that guide them and the Ferber method is no exception. Here are a few thing syou need do;
Make your baby as comfortable as possible by feeding her before bedtime. It’s also advisable to switch off the light and use at most a night light.

You are to stay out of the room for about 5 to 10 minutes after which you should enter the room and give your baby some comfort without removing her from the crib. Those nightly visits should not exceed 2 minutes to avoid encouraging the tantrums.

Be warned that some babies would resist this training and might cry every night for up to a month. If this is the case then it is good for you to stop the training for a few weeks then restart when you think you baby would be more receptive to it.

For more interesting information on the Ferber method, see the infographic below.

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