Thursday, September 1, 2011

How I kicked sleep training in the babymaker

I feel like i'm going to jinx myself with this post..
..but whatever.
I need to brag.

I finally got the balls guts to attempt this sleep-training bizness. I had so many encouraging comments on my previous sleep training post that I knew I had to grab life by the horns and try a little, or a lot of CIO. So yes, I let my sweet little angel scream & cry. She stood there and sobbed..and it was terrible. All I wanted to do was rush in, scoop her up, and kiss her wet cheeks. But I didn't...I went out to the family room, turned on the tv, turned off the monitor sound (I could still see her), and tried to occupy myself. My stubborn Saige probably cried on & off for a whole hour and a half. I didn't go in at all, because I had tried that before, and it just upset her more if she saw me.

Since that first night, the crying time has decreased significantly. The skies have parted and she is now sleeping 12+ hours a night. Last night she went to bed at 7 and I had to wake her up this morning at 7. If she wakes up in the night, she may whimper a bit and sit up, but she can put herself back to sleep. I was so worried and apprehensive that she may feel abandoned, but she still gives me a bright & cheerful smile every morning.

All I have to say is...don't knock it till you try it..
..because it may lead to a sleeping baby and happy parents.


Lindsey said...

I went through the same thing last week with my now one yr old and she had the same issue but each night I gradually lessened the time I spent with her and let her CIO a bit more and same result! Here's hoping both our babies continue on this path :) great post!

Amber said...

Oh yay! I'm so glad it worked for you! We're about to re-sleep train at our house. Abby was doing so well and then? She got sick and seemed to regress right back to getting up 3-4 times every night and since she was sick I went in and comforted her. I had hoped that once she was well she would go back to STTN, but no such luck. Here's to hoping this time around isn't as painful as the first! :)

Lindsey said...

So glad I have been blessed with such a great sleeper! Basically all we needed to work on was getting him to put himself to sleep instead of us rocking him, which as he got older, he wanted to just dive into the crib anyway. Yay on it working!

PattyAnn said...

Good for you! Sleeping baby makes everyone much happier. I myself was way to much of a weakling to CIO, but I'm glad you were successful at sleep training!

Happiness Is... said...

Go you! We are SO happy after doing Ferber. A baby that sleeps 12 hours a night and can self soothe is a blessing. And some babies need CIO to "get it." Go momma!

Ashley Brooke said...

yay! i'm so happy it worked for you! i remember my friend went through this recently, and it was so hard for her but made a huge difference :)

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