Why do I have to wait until my baby is 5 months old to begin sleep training?
Sleep training is recommended for children ages 5 months and older because that’s typically when their motor skills are developed enough to begin self-soothing. Additionally, babies have an easier time falling asleep when they can reposition themselves independently, and those under 5 months old usually sleep in a swaddle and are unable to do this. Babies too young for sleep training can still benefit from an established feeding and sleep routine. Cradle is here to support parents through these first few months with strategies, recommendations, and troubleshooting. Keep tracking and we’ll be there along way!
Why does my baby need to weigh 12lbs to sleep train?
Your baby does not need to weigh 12lbs to be on a sleep plan, but we recommend incorporating a nighttime feeding to support their weight goals. Once your baby weighs in at 12lbs, they will be able to sustain an 11-12 hour sleep stretch at night without needing additional feeds. This also coincides with better eating during the day and increased appetite for meals rather than frequent “snacking” throughout the day and night.
Why is snoring a concern at this age?
Baby snoring is kind of cute but definitely shouldn’t be happening on a regular basis unless your baby is sick. Snoring or breathing through the mouth is a sign that something is obstructing their ability to breathe through the nose. Discuss this with your primary care physician to determine if your baby may have something as simple as allergies or a cold. Depending on the level of snoring, the doctor may recommend a visit to the ENT.
Why is vomiting or back arching a concern?
Babies who have GI or reflux pain often display frequent vomiting, excessive spit-up, and/or back arching. This type of pain makes self-soothing impossible and may require hypoallergenic formula, diet changes, allergy testing, or reflux medication. Please discuss this behavior with your doctor before beginning a sleep program.
What does it mean if my baby’s poop is hard or infrequent?
This can be an indication of constipation which can cause stomach pain and discomfort during pushing. Talk with your doctor about safe remedies for softening the poop and to determine if further medical attention is needed. Visit the diaper section for more information about bowel movements.
What does it mean if my baby has mucus in their diaper/poop?
If your baby has mucus in their diaper or poop, they may be experiencing intestinal irritation during digestion, a potential food or milk protein allergy, or a sinus infection. Please talk with your doctor about the appearance of mucus in the bowel movement and visit the diaper section for other information.
What does it mean if my baby has diarrhea or watery stool?
Babies who are solely breastfed tend to have looser bowel movements and those who are formula fed or eating solids should have soft but formed bowel movements. If your baby is solely breastfed, check with your doctor and lactation consultant to make sure the consistency is appropriate for a breastfed baby. Diarrhea and loose poop usually indicates GI distress and could be interfering with your baby’s ability to sleep well.
What does it mean if my baby has eczema or rashes?
What’s happening internally is often expressed through the skin, so we tend to see allergies or reactions to food through the presence of eczema or rashes. If you live in a dry climate, try introducing a humidifier to their bedroom to provide additional moisture. If the rash or eczema persists, talk to your doctor about treatment and possible causes for the skin irritation. It’s very important that your baby is comfortable during sleep training, so finding out about treatment of a skin irritation should be the first step.
Why are these motor skills important?
These motor skills are what we expect to see for babies who are 5 months or older. If your baby is not yet displaying these skills it would be difficult for them to motor well enough to self-sooth. Sleep training is providing opportunities for your child to learn how to sooth himself but this requires consistent access to motor skills. Talk with your PCP if you feel that your baby is falling behind in motor skills to obtain more information about motor development and strengthening exercises. It’s recommended for safety reasons to keep your child’s crib empty (except for a crib sheet) and have them sleeping on their back until they are meeting their 5 month motor milestones.