The no tears method works well in combination with a napping and sleeping schedule, and as discussed in other parts of this report you should have a regular nighttime routine for your baby. Your baby should also get plenty to eat throughout the day which will reduce nighttime fussiness and waking up for food. It will also help to create associations that daytime is for feeding and nighttime is for sleep. Again, the more that you can establish a routine for sleeping the easier your baby will fall asleep at your preferred bed time.
Pick an earlier bed time
Decide on a bed time that is earlier in the evening than later, around 7:00 p.m. Overtired babies will be fussier and won’t get to sleep as quickly, and there are some baby sleep experts who suggest that an earlier bed time will result in longer sleeping.
Don’t change your baby’s routine all at once
If you decide to change anything about your baby’s routine be sure that you do it gradually; it’s important to stick to the same routine for the most part but changes should never be done abruptly otherwise it might disorient his understanding of the bedtime routine.
Use “key words” to signal it’s time for sleep
No tears experts also suggest using particular soothing “key words” as simple as “sshhhh” or “sleepy time” whispered repeatedly in a soft tone. When you are rocking your baby to sleep you should repeat the same key words over and over and he will associate them with sleeping.
Find out what your baby prefers in terms of environment
Some babies may prefer having a dim light on, and other babies prefer darker rooms. You will have to find out what type of lighting works best for him through trial and error, and you should also try different types of music or white noise to see what works the best. You might have better results getting your baby to sleep using a CD or classical music instead of a fan for white noise. Be sure that his room is not too warm or too cold. The room temperature should be between 20-22 C (68-72F) and you have to be very careful not to overheat the room. Use an indoor thermometer to track the temperature of the room.
Pick clothing that is comfortable and warm your baby’s blankets
You should also make sure that the sheets are warm and you can use a heating pad to warm them up or warmed water bottle. Also pick clothing that does not cause any chafing or discomfort, and be sure that it is not too tight or too loose. Young babies often sleep better when they are swaddled, so you should learn how to swaddle your infant if you find that it works well. All of these tips will help you implement whichever no tears sleep training method that you decide to use.