What is Summer's Method and Tips?
Parents always want to know different ways to train their babies and there are so many different methods.
As a newborn care specialist that often works in the home and as a sleep consultant this method below has been one of my go-to training.
First off you do not have to do cry it out approach. So, what are some good tips to sleep train your baby?
- Set a good bedtime routine, I suggest parents pick a consistent bedtime each night.
- Lay your baby in the crib as soon as your done nursing/bottle feeding. Drowsy but awake try soothing with your hand on the tummy and shush sounds.
- If your baby does cry, you can pick up and soothe. Make sure to check for a burp. As soon as calm about 30 seconds lay back down.
- Is your child standing? If so, you need to gently guide to a sitting position and teach them to lay down. This process can take 3-5 days with frequent check-ins.
- This is a nudge approach you are guiding your child to sleep. Make sure to repeat as needed and be consistent.
- Place your hand on the baby's tummy to soothe. As soon as baby calms, you can leave the room to repeat it as needed.
- Your child begins to cry again. At this point, you can pick up, but only for 30 seconds, giving enough time to settle down, not go to sleep.
- If your baby/child becomes upset with your hand on tummy, use shushing sounds to soothe and try avoiding touch.
- Every time your child wakes you can wait 5-10 minutes to see if they settle on their own or you can do the above process.
- If you want a faster approach with a modified CIO it is available along with the science behind why it does work.
- Do you co-sleep? Lots of families will co-sleep, here are some guidelines to follow here. The AAP Guidelines do not suggest co-sleeping but keep baby in the room for 6 months.
For more details, you can reach out to summer through her website or email to [email protected]