Some infants are born natural heavy sleepers while others are born light sleepers with a tendency to be irritable when tired. And for some light sleeper babies, their restless sleep patterns may extend from newborn age to toddler age, which can be quite tasking on parents who would lose hours of sleep to ensure their baby is well rested.
Dr Richard Ferber invented and propagated “Ferberization” as a means of helping parents avoid sleep deprivation issues by teaching their babies how to soothe themselves to sleep after a crying bout. Take note that most parents are wary of the Ferber Method, probably because they have to consciously ignore the natural parental instinct to cuddle their babies when they are being irritable and just allow their babies cry for a period of time before going to soothe them.
Restless nights are exhausting for both parents and the infant, and that’s why Ferberization is such a hit with experienced parents. Even pediatricians recommend this training for light sleeper babies who constantly require external comfort to sleep.
A lot of fuss and tantrums are to be expected seeing as babies are not born with the ability to adjust automatically to situations. Do not be perturbed by the crying sessions but ensure your baby’s cries are not due to any danger by keeping the environment safe and checking for danger signs during each visit. It will take some time, practice and would require loss of sleep time but perseverance does pay as your infant would get used to the routine and fall asleep better and for longer periods of time.
For details of Ferberization, check out the infographic below from www.babyinastroller.com.