Has anyone had success with the Ferber method? Any tips? My son is 4 months old and I would like to start sleep training as he really cannot self soothe at all.
I did a mix of ferber and the taking cara babies sleep training course. Ferber worked for me. It was hard at first to just let the LO cry but she is now completely able to self soothe to sleep.
At what age did you start?
We hired a sleep consultant who had us do a slightly modified version of the Ferber Method. From what she said, babies have to have gone through their 4 month sleep regression and have a circadian rhythm for it to be effective
I started a sleep schedule and routine at 3 weeks. I know that most research says to wait until they are 3 months but I wanted sleep and a routine. It thankfully worked.
I successfully sleep trained in 3 nights with my 10 month old recently and he has been sleeping 12 hours straight through the night now. No regrets! Consistency was key
Update, he currently has one nighttime feeding at 2-3am, our pediatrician said we can stop it cold turkey so we tried that last night and he didn’t sleep from 2am-7am :( any recommendations on that? Should i just continue the night feeding since it’s only once?
What helped us with night feedings was slowly weaning from breastmilk to a small amount of water in a bottle gradually each night and it was over in a bout a week. No more night feedings after that
4 months is still young enough that he may still need the milk to get him through. Have you tried dream feeding? Basically you go in to feed at a time that's convenient for you (like right before you go to bed) and make as little of a fuss as possible. The goal is basically to get them eating while they're sleeping.
I agree with making sure he’s topped off before you go to bed. It’s also SUPER important to consistently do a bedtime routine (bath, boob/bottle, book, bed is ours). Once we had the routine established, we used the extinction method to help him learn to self soothe. Now my baby gets happy when he hears the bath water running and falls asleep without a peep in his crib because he knows what to expect.