Teaching your baby to sleep through the night is a valuable life lesson. But it can be overwhelming to know where to start!

Welcome the the Baby Sleep Trainer success stories, where we share stories from the baby sleep frontline. This week we caught up with Meredith, who used the Baby Sleep Trainer method to help her son Bodie when he was 10 months old.

infant boy with striped top

Photo credit: Meredith Amezquita

I finally decided to bite the bullet and sleep train because….

I got pregnant with my second and needed sleep!!

My biggest worry about sleep training was….

It just not working in general and having Bodie feel like I was abandoning him.

Before sleep training my baby slept….

Co-slept all naps but never consistently, never on a schedule, and never for any specific amount of time. He also often woke between 5-5:30am no matter what.

After sleep training my baby sleeps….

Goes down for every nap alone in his crib without a battle, and sleeps from 7pm until between 6:30-7am always. Nap time and bedtime routine are less than 5mins each!

The sleep training process itself was….

Really hard on my for the first two days, but made so easy by the black and white guidelines provided, along with the specific plan b and plan c if plan a didn’t work (which I NEVER found in other programs).

Did your attachment with your baby change in a positive or a negative way after sleep training?

Completely positively! This was my greatest fear and I’m thrilled to report that Bodie and I have an even better relationship now because nap time is no longer torture for anyone – it’s expected and easy (and effective)!

Do you feel like sleep training was a healthy choice for baby, you, and your family?

The best choice we’ve made thus far.

How would you respond to hearing, “Sleep training is selfish”?

I would respond by saying that the parent suffers more than the baby during the sleep training phase, so it’s definitely not selfish! 😬 By sleep training, you’re teaching your baby a skill that goes way beyond just sleeping – you’re teaching them that they’re okay without mom or dad always fixing the discomfort. You’re giving them an opportunity to have restful and non-stressful sleep by pushing through a few days of learning. Any time that anyone learns something new, it’s unfamiliar until it becomes familiar. Your baby’s way of expressing that unfamiliarity is often through tears (because how else are they supposed to communicate?) but in no time, sleep will become restorative, comforting, and will allow them to feel rejuvenated and to thrive in awake times. Oh, and of second tier importance, it helps mom and dad too 😉

How many nights did it take for baby’s nighttime sleep to improve and how many nights did it take for baby’s naps to improve?

2 nights of crying for nighttime sleep (40mins first night, 15 second night) and about 10 days for naps to be seamless.

Would you recommend BST to a friend and if so, who and why?

Yes! I have already recommended to 2 friends facing similar challenges with their littles!

If your baby is now sleeping through the night thanks to the Baby Sleep Trainer method, let us know by filling in this simple questionnaire and we’ll do the rest!