The simple answer to this question (when can I start sleep training?) is that babies are most receptive to sleep training from 18 weeks old.
If you’re not at that stage yet, don’t worry as you can still do what we call ‘sleep prep’. This is about setting cues and rhythms to help you baby recognise when it is sleep time. This stage is all about practise.
When your baby is ready for sleep training, work out what is going to be the most suitable approach to sleep training for your baby. All babies are different and everyone’s circumstances are different. There are a few things you can do to identify the best approach, with the key one being to identify the temperament of your baby. Knowing this will help you to formulate the ideal plan that you can stick to. It takes away any element of second guessing and overthinking. You will be equipped and ready to respond.
Remember, it’s never too early to sleep prep and it’s never too late to sleep train.