Kim West the sleep lady shuffle
Want a really gentle method of sleep training.
Might not suit parents who:
Are looking for super-fast results. This really does work but you need to commit a couple of weeks to it and you should reap the rewards for years.
Best age to try it at:
Any time from six months.
‘We tried the Sleep Shuffle when Tristan was about 10 months. I’d been cuddling him to sleep until then but it meant I often didn’t get downstairs until nearly 9pm! Other sleep plans failed because he’d cry hysterically when I left the room and get so distraught, sometimes to the point of being sick in his cot. I couldn’t cope with the tears – or three changes of bedding each night!
‘The Sleep Shuffle appealed to me because it seemed like a way to break the pattern of cuddling him to sleep but without us both getting upset. ‘It did take a few weeks, and sometimes it was two steps forward, one step back, but we got there eventually. Now I put him to bed, pull his door to, and then potter about putting clothes away for a few minutes before I go downstairs. Tristan’s happier for it, and sleeps through the night better, too – and I’ve got my evenings back!’ Lucy Hatherell, mum to Tristan, 18 months.
Want to read the book? The Sleep Lady’s Good Night Sleep Tight by Kim West
For more information visit www.sleeplady.com