This book will step you through every detail of making zero-cry changes with sleep! From pre-sleep training protocols you’ll practice during the day, to the first night you put your plan in motion, you’ll get everything you need to set you and your child up for success. Even if your child is older, I encourage you to start from the very beginning with the newborn chapter. All of the information is relevant, and will enhance your understanding of why your child might not be sleeping though the night, and what you can do about it.
When I tell parents that sleep training starts during the day when sleep is not expected, they usually look at me like I’m the one who doesn’t know what I’m talking about.
How, exactly, do you practice sleep when you’re not supposed to be sleeping?!
As a behavior analyst, I am trained to take even the most basic skill and break it down into its tiniest component parts. Every behavior that can be observed and measured, can be broken down. So, when we look at falling asleep independently at bedtime as a skill that can be taught, it serves us to look at all of the prerequisite skills that are needed in order for a child to be successful with this life-changing learning process.
Traditional sleep training programs tend to lack a skill-building component, which is why most of them involve indefinite amounts of crying.
But what if your child could master these prerequisite skills during the day so that the transition to falling asleep independently would be seamless, and a natural next-step in the sleep-change, skill building process? It would be pretty mind-blowing, right?
From practice-to mastery-to sleeping through the night- the process should only take about 5-7 days. The more you practice during the day, and follow every step of the Night 1 plan, the faster you’ll be sleeping through the night. Without tantrums and tears.