Getting your baby to fall asleep
Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:21:03 GMT —
Got a baby?
Chances are you've also got sleepless nights.
Many parents of infants and toddlers know all about sleepless nights.
Your Facebook Story of the Day shows a new way parents are getting help.
In larger cities, volunteers come into the home and helps infants and toddlers learn to fall asleep on their own and soothe themselves back to sleep during the night.
Consultants organize a daytime napping and feeding schedule, so a child will be sleepy at bedtime ... and not hungry during the night.
They also create the right sleep environment including having the baby bond with one favorite sleep toy, always have a white noise machine in the room, and keep the temperature is between 68 and 72 degrees.
Above all, parents need to keep one thing in mind, a crying baby isn't always in trouble.
Conner Herman with the group Dream Team Baby says, "Cry it out is a method that parents use that assumes tears are going to teach your baby. That is not what we're doing here. We're going to teach the parents how to interact with him. How to know if something is wrong so they can go in."
Sleep training is not recommended for babies under 4 months old ... and parents should always talk to their pediatrician before they start training.
For more tips from this group called Dream Team Baby, look for their book coming out next month.
(CBS News contributed to this report.)