Tip # 1 – Encourage Full Feedings
For the first six weeks, feeding times can be 20 to 40 minutes long. But because babies can get tired after 10 minutes of feeding while snuggling in their parent’s arms, they may fall asleep.
If you’re trying to sleep train, however, it’s important that you try to get them into the habit of completing “full feedings,” or staying awake during the entire feed. This will eventually lead to them dropping their night feeds naturally, which may help them sleep through the night.
If they do fall asleep, we recommend spending only 10 to 15 minutes trying to re-wake the baby to finish the feed. If your baby refuses to take a full feed or wake up, that’s ok. But try not to allow more than three feedings to go by that aren’t full feedings.
A consistent routine is absolutely imperative to the success of your sleep training journey. To find out the length of time between feedings that is best for your child, or to find out if sleep training is right for your baby, send us a message or give us a call.