The Ferber Method is a sleep training strategy designed by renowned sleep doctor Richard Ferber, which puts the work on baby to fall asleep on his own.
It teaches parents to put baby to bed when he’s sleepy but not yet asleep, and to give him some time to calm himself before going in to comfort him.
Ferber encourages this self-soothing method to begin at around 4-6 months of age.
The key points of the method are a loving pre-bedtime routine, putting the child to bed while he’s awake, and leaving him to soothe himself for long stretches of time, broken up by check-ins.
Pros of the Ferber Method
• It puts the work on baby – caregivers go in to check on baby only after a set amount of time spent fussing. Baby quickly learns to calm himself.
• Results are fast, usually within a few days
• Babies get a combination of learning to soothe themselves and knowing that a caregiver is nearby and attending to them
Cons of the Ferber Method
• This method is hard, as it requires caregivers to ignore baby’s cries for stretches of time
• Opponents say it is too harsh and teaches children that they are alone in the world
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