The infant sleep training technique that will blow your mind, AND get your baby to sleep through the night by 2 months old
There I was. One month postpartum and man did I feel like shit. I hadn’t slept more than a few hours in a row for a month. I have bipolar disorder so that is a recipe for disaster.
At my son’s one month pediatrician appointment his doctor bestowed on me the most glorious sleep training technique for infants. It’s counterintuitive, but by God did it work.
When infants are still in utero they are used to being active when it’s dark. They move around, kick and spin and twirl and twist, and become more active the darker it is.
Stimuli overwhelms newborns. Lots of lights and sounds overwhelm their tiny little senses and they fall asleep as a result.
So you use that against them.
It’s called Circadian rhythm training.
During the day you make the house as dark and quiet as possible. This encourages the baby to be awake and active during that time.
At night you make the house loud and bright. Crank up the TV (within reason, of course) and turn on all the lights. Making the infant’s sleep environment (crib, bassinet, etc.) bright and loud is crucial. I moved my son to his crib at 1 month with a sound machine and a string of Christmas lights I’d safely rigged to brighten up the room.
Swaddles and white noise are the final two ingredients to my sleepy secret sauce. I loved swaddling with Tula blankets, and he cuddles them to this day.
Over the course of the next 4–6 weeks your infant will continue to react to the stimuli — shutting down and sleeping at night, and waking to eat and play during the day.
Their body’s circadian rhythms will become accustomed to waking up during the day and sleeping at night. They’ll still nap, of course, but following this technique got my son to sleep 8–10 hours straight through the night by 2 months old.
Boom. Knowledge. Let me know how this works for you in the comments!
DISCLOSURE: I am not a licensed medical professional nor a doctor of any kind. The information contained here should not substitute for the care or advice of a doctor. Please consult your physician before trying new techniques with your newborn. I am not responsible for any injuries or other problems that may occur as a result of a reader doing this technique.
About the Author:
Katy is a workaholic supermom. In addition to her day job as Operations Manager for a medical device startup, she also runs multiple e-commerce businesses and a Twitch video game streaming channel. She is a mother to an almost 2 year old who is her entire reason for life. Katy is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse, as well as a champion for mental health awareness and education. Any press or speaking inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.