Camping out is a gradual strategy to help children over 6 months of age fall asleep by themselves. It can help with persistent child and baby sleep, settling and waking problems.Camping out: What is it?
Babies and children need sleep to grow and develop well. Good sleep is also important for their health and immunity.
Camping out can help with sleep and settling problems in older babies and young children. It can also help with older children who are having problems getting to sleep, particularly if they feel
anxious or frightened.Working with a paediatrician on baby sleep problems can increase your chances of success with any child and their baby sleep strategy. You could think about getting this kind of support before you begin using the camping out technique.Steps for camping outBefore you put your baby into the cot, make sure that your baby is fed, well and comfortable. Then put your baby into the cot and follow these steps to help baby settle using camping out:
You might find it works better for both of you and your baby to modify these steps. For example, you might want to include more patting or longer periods between the suggested steps.Tips for camping outHere are some tips to help camping out go well:
Crying and camping out: what to do
Will camping out work for us?Camping out works for some babies and parents, but it doesn't suit everyone.Some babies just find it harder to settle. Also, there may be times when happy, healthy babies finds it harder than usual to settle. This can be because of a period of rapid development that means babies need more reassurance.Try not to blame yourself or your baby if camping out doesn’t work for you. There are other options you can try to help your baby settle.Your relationship with your baby, and your health and well-being, are important for your baby’s development. A good sleep strategy should improve all of these things, as well as helping your baby to settle.Explore more