Ask the Expert (April 2020)
Team ParentCircle 2 Mins Read
Written by Team ParentCircle and published on 19 September 2020.
Is your child sleep-deprived? Noted somnologist (sleep specialist), Dr N Ramakrishnan Nagarajan, answers your questions in this months expert interaction.
Q. My baby is 6 months old and I rock her to sleep. The problem is she takes a long time to fall asleep at night and I get exhausted by the end of it. My husband wants to sleep-train her, but I hear that it involves letting my baby cry for a long time. So, I am hesitant to try it. What is your advice? Raagini, BombayA. I agree with your husband you should try to sleep-train your daughter. Your baby likes the rocking and has gotten used to it. It will only get more difficult for you if you continue with this habit. I would suggest that you rock her for a few minutes, then put her down in her crib. If she cries, do not pick her up right away. If the crying persists for about five minutes or so, then rock her for some.