Sleep Training Doesn't Always Mean Crying It Out; Here Are 4 Other MD-Approved Methods

New parents realize a good night's sleep is priceless. Eight hours of unbroken sleep is rare in the first few months of your baby's existence, but sleep training gives hope.

The cry-it-out method (CIO) may be controversial, but educating kids as early as 4 months old when and how to sleep can benefit both children and parents.

Simple chair sleep-training involves parents sitting in a chair next to their baby's cot until they fall asleep.

A parent should return to the chair and remain with their kid without direct attention until they go back asleep.

Let your infant fall asleep in your arms with a white-noise machine after swaddling, burping, and feeding.

The fading sleep training approach encourages parents to "fade out" their babies and let them go to bed sooner. This strategy is helpful for slow-sleeping newborns.

The Ferber approach encourages parents to let their kid scream for longer periods before interfering, eventually increasing those intervals.

Parents should postpone baby care by three minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes, etc. throughout a week.

The most contentious sleep-training strategy is letting your kid cry until they fall asleep. Teaching self-soothing is the goal.