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Must-Know Advice from the Sleep Lady

Fed up with those frequent night wakings? Can't bear to let your baby cry it out? Wondering how to get your newborn on the right path to dreamland? Kim West, author of <i>Good Night, Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady's Gentle Guide to Helping Your Baby Go to Sleep</i> and <i>The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook</i>, has the answers.
baby sleeping I have a tough time with most sleep-training methods -- how is yours different?

Kim West: My Sleep Lady Shuffle gently helps babies 6 months and older learn how to fall asleep -- and fall back to sleep -- on their own without using cry-it-out-style techniques. In a nutshell, the method involves putting your child down awake and comforting your child while you sit next to the crib. Every few nights, you move farther away, while continuing to soothe from afar, until you're eventually outside the door -- and finally, back in your own bed. Within a couple of weeks, you should be able to put your baby down, say good night, and walk out the door knowing that she'll be able to fall asleep without crutches such as nursing, rocking, or patting.