If you do a search on the internet, you will find several different methods. The most important thing you can do is find a method that you are comfortable with so that you can be consistent.
What are the different sleep training methods?
The Sit and Settle Method (most parent involvement):
For this method, you will place a stool or pillow by the crib and use your voice to soothe your little one to sleep. Gradually, you move yourself further away from the crib until you are outside of the room.
Pros: It is a gradual method and you are in the room while teaching your little one how to self soothe.
Cons: It takes longer than the other methods and some babies get more upset because you are in the room and not responding to him in the way he is used to.
This one is not for everyone. With this method, you go through your bedtime routine, then put him in his crib awake and say goodnight. You will go in when it is time for a feed or when it is time to wake up.
Pros: This is the fastest method.
Cons: It can be hard on you to hear your baby cry and not respond to him. It can also be difficult if your baby has siblings and you are worried about waking them.
The Pause and Peek:
In this method, you finish your bedtime routine and then put him in his crib awake. You set timers in increasing increments and return to check in on your baby. As you go through this method, the intervals lengthen.
Pros: You get to go in and check on your little one – and he will get a chance to work things out on his own.
Cons: Some little ones get more upset when you enter the room but don’t respond the way they are used to.
I would never tell anyone that they have to sleep train. If you are happy with what you are doing right now – then don’t change it; nobody can tell you that you have to. Be safe with what you are doing, and if you decide that one day it isn’t working with you – then you can choose one of the methods listed above.