Sleep training while living in a shared space, such as an apartment or condo building, can be very intimidating and scary, but it doesn’t have to be! If you make a plan for yourself, you can succeed in your sleep training journey without upsetting your neighbors nearby. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Make a plan that will show results quickly.
There are many sleep training methods you can choose from; however, some take longer to implement and show improvement in your child’s sleep than others. If there is a chance that your sleep training attempts may disrupt your neighbors, try to choose a method that will make the transition as smooth and quick as possible.
Task 1: Research different sleep training methods to determine which one you feel the most comfortable using and understand how the method will work.
Give your child their own sleep space (if you share a room)
If you’re considering moving your child to his/her own room, this might be the optimal time to do it. Or if you want or need to continue sharing a room with your baby, create a small way of giving your child their own space by installing a partition, curtain, room divider or using a Slumberpod. It will be much easier for your child to sleep train if they are not able to see you as soon as they wake up.
Task 2: Determine where your child will sleep
Start on a weekend
Since most people work a typical Monday-Friday work week, it would be most considerate to start your sleep training on a Thursday or Friday night. Although it may not be enjoyable to be woken up to the sounds of a baby on a day off, it can prove even harder for someone to lose sleep when they need to be ready for work the next day.
Task 3: Determine the optimal night to start working on your child’s sleep.
Move your child’s crib away from any shared walls.
If your baby or child sleeps along a shared wall, it may be a good idea to move their crib to a different wall to reduce the noise that your neighbor may be hearing. This can be temporary, just until baby is sleeping well without much protest.
The use of a white noise machine can also be helpful to dampen the noise as well!
Task 4: Set up your child’s room.
Have a conversation about it!
If you are friendly with your neighbors, let them know what’s going on! If possible, you can give your neighbors a friendly heads up as to when you’ll begin sleep training and what they can expect. Although you ultimately decide what is best for your family, you could potentially avoid times that sleep disruption may be distressing to your neighbor such as leading up to a big event or during an illness. You may be surprised! Your neighbors could be a big support for you during this time as well.
Task 5: Give the neighbors a heads up.
Have you ever sleep trained while living in a shared space? What worked well for you?
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