The Sleep Lady Shuffle: How to Gently Sleep Train your Baby
When many parents think of sleep coaching, they automatically draw images of screaming babies and children in a room alone while the parent hides and pretends that the crying isn’t killing them. Most parents just can’t do that. It’s not fair to the child, and it’s certainly not fair to the parent. Faced with that choice, many parents just ride out the years of sleepless nights, with nobody in the house getting any sleep. Not only is that detrimental to development, but it’s also hard to enjoy your baby when you’re exhausted. That was the driving force behind the creation of The Sleep Lady Shuffle. The Shuffle will teach you how to teach your child to sleep. You’ll learn:
- A little bit of crying is normal
- What’s The Shuffle
- Sleep training in baby steps
- What to do when “life happens”
- Resources to learn to teach your child to sleep
A Bit About Crying and Sleep Training
Understand that some fussing is normal during a period of change or challenge. That is exactly what will happen when you begin to sleep coach your child. Mild fussing — whimpering, grunting, frustrated cries — is normal while your baby learns a new skill. Full-on hysterical crying is not normal, and that’s the crying you can avoid when you use The Shuffle.
The Sleep Lady Shuffle
Created by Kim West, LCSW and baby sleep expert, “The Sleep Lady Shuffle,” is a gentle, effective, and proven method to teach your baby to sleep. The best part? It works for children 6 months to 6 years and can be tailored to meet your family’s unique circumstances.
Many people assume that if they co-sleep/room share, or breastfeed that they can’t sleep, coach. That is simply not true! You can teach your child to sleep even if you share a room.
The Sleep Lady Shuffle is a proven gentle, effective method that will help you teach your child how to fall asleep on their own in a secure environment. This is not shutting the door or leaving your baby in the crib to cry.
Why Use The Sleep Lady Shuffle?
Parents need choices when it comes to sleep coaching. Kim created The Shuffle to help give families a choice that wasn’t cry-it-out or timed checks. The goal was to provide a sleep coaching method that parents could follow through with consistency.
By the time your baby is ready for The Shuffle, chances are that you’re tired of getting up multiple times each night and dealing with 2, 3, or even 4 naps every day. Likely, you don’t have the energy to follow a complicated routine, nor do you have the desire to listen to your baby cry. Most parents turn to sleep coaching because THEY need sleep, as well as their baby.
Want to know some more about The Shuffle?
Read: Gentle Sleep Training with The Sleep Lady Shuffle
The first 6 months of parenting is a challenge. A fun challenge, yes, but it’s definitely a test of your mettle. By the time you’ve been up and down every night for 6 months, you probably just want it to stop. Most healthy, full-term infants are ready to start sleep coaching around that six-month mark.
With The Shuffle, you’ll take incremental steps to teach your baby to fall asleep without your help. This is an important life skill and one that your baby cannot learn without your help.