How to get your baby to sleep: the camping out method
Baby not sleeping and wondering how to get baby to sleep? Check out our step by step guide on the camping out method.
You can begin trying the camping out method with bub after they turn six months old. However, the camping out method isn’t just limited to babies not sleeping. It can also be used with older children who are having problems falling asleep, particularly if they’re feeling anxious or frightened.
Laying the foundations for camping out
Camping out stage-by-stage guide
Stage Two: Once they are comfortable with stage one, which can take three or more days, keep your chair in the same place, but don’t pat or stroke them. Let them fall asleep just knowing you are beside them. Keep sitting there quietly until they fall asleep.
Stage Three: Once you’ve mastered stage two, it’s time to move the chair. Move the chair away (half a metre or so) from your child’s bed or cot where they can see you. Sit there quietly until they fall asleep.
Stage Four: Keep gradually moving your chair away from their bed over time, but don’t rush it! Do a few nights in one spot before moving any further. Gradually move the chair toward the doorway and out of your child’s room over a period of one to three weeks. The amount of time you need will simply depend on your child.
Each morning give them a reward for staying in their own bed - a sticker chart on the fridge can be great for toddlers.
One step forward, one step back
Consistency is key
If things haven’t improved after two weeks and your baby is not sleeping, talk to your GP or child and family health nurse for some tips on how to get your baby to sleep.