Jo Tantum spaced soothing
Might suit parents who: Are ‘blessed’ with a clingy baby but who want to teach their child to settle alone. The short breaks make it easier to stick with if you’re feeling a bit wimpy!
Might not suit parents who: Haven’t got a solid week or more to dedicate to it. If you know you’ve got a big work project on or busy evenings coming up it might be worth waiting until you have a free week to give it your all.
Best age to try it at: From three months. This could be adapted to work for toddlers, too, but is more of a young baby plan.
Mums say: ‘We chose this method when Emma-Lily was about six months old because it seemed like a good middle ground. I didn’t want to be rocking her to sleep every night, but I didn’t like the idea of controlled crying – when I’m already sleep deprived, I just don’t feel strong enough to listen to her crying for long! ‘I bought Jo’s book and we got in the ready-meals and cleared our evenings in preparation! The first few nights, I was upstairs for a long time, popping in and out to her – I recommend getting a good book to read on the stairs! But by day eight, I was only going back in once or twice to Emma-Lily and then one day I put her down, left the room and didn’t hear a thing until 7am – total bliss! I also felt we really benefited from following Jo’s advice on daytime routine as it meant Emma-Lily was properly tired (but not overtired) at night time, and having a routine really helped me feel on top of things.’ Karen Perrett, mum to Emma-Lily, now two years old.
Want to read the book? Baby Secrets: How to Know Your Baby’s Needs
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