Sleep Training Must: 15-Minute Rule

Behavior and Discipline, Featured Article, Growth and Development


Despite what the books say, your baby will inevitably (and often) wake up early from his naps and night-time sleep periods. When this happens (and given that he is not ill), as a practical parent you have some choices—but the first one to try is the 15-minute rule.

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The 15-minute rule is based on the idea that even the healthiest of babies will predictably cry, whimper or whine during the 5-20 minutes while they’re transitioning between sleep cycles. If you rush in, you don’t allow your baby the opportunity to fall back to sleep on his own. By rushing in, you also prevent your baby from learning the essential skill of self-soothing.

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