Although much of the advice given to parents about helping their baby sleep through the night involves letting them cry until they quieten themselves, many parents find it upsetting or frustrating listening to their little one get upset every night. For some parents, this solution is not the answer and can only lead to sleepless nights and trauma for all the family members including baby. There is however another answer - the no cry sleep solution.
This is an approach that has been pioneered by an author called Elizabeth Pantley who advocates a gentle approach to helping baby sleep through the night. The idea is to make the methods fit around your own child rather than the strict schedule approach advocated by many other experts. With its suggestions and tips it helps parents to gain a better understanding of baby sleep and also establishes the concept that "sleeping through" relates to an unbroken period of 5 hours rest and not a full 12 hours as some parents are led to believe.
The No Cry Sleep Solution emphasises safety first when it comes to helping baby sleep but also advises parents on the safest method of co-sleeping which is essential for many parents. It also recommends that parents record their child's sleep patterns as a way of understanding their child's needs and also to identify any improvements in sleeping through. There is advice tailored to different parenting methods, for example for both bottle and breast fed babies and also for infants of different ages so parents can easily identify tips to suit their own family's requirements.
Although the No Cry Sleep Solution is not a swift answer to helping baby sleep through the night, it is certainly a less disruptive solution than letting a baby cry until they self-soothe. This approach encourages parents to soothe their child by feeding them until they nearly drop off and then removing the breast or bottle once they are almost asleep. If they begin to search for the bottle or nipple again, the parent should gently hold their mouth closed while soothing their little one. After a couple of weeks, parents should see a distinct improvement in their child's ability to sleep for longer periods without waking.
While the No Cry Sleep Solution requires a time input from parents, it is a good way to feel better about helping your little one to sleep through. It is less disruptive for older siblings and less upsetting for parents who hate to hear their baby in distress.