I have a 7month old bub who was waking 4-5 times a night and I decided to give controlled crying a go using the 2,4,6,8,10 minute intervals. I was apprehensive at first as I have a 2 year old who I didn't want to wake. So i sent him to grandmas for the first night.
Izaiah suprised us by going to sleep on the 10 minute timer the first time. Then over night he woke once for a feed at 11pm and then he woke again at 3am but went back to sleep during the 4 minute timer so hubby and I actually got a decent night sleep. On the second day 1st nap 6 minute timer, 2nd nap 10minute timer, night 4 minute timer and didn't need the timer at all over night. I started thinking that this was fabulous, that it was working, that i'd get sleep but hello and behold....day 3
started off ok went to sleep for 1st nap at 6 minute timer but then refused to go down for second nap, took 3 10 minute timers before he fell asleep. going to bed at night was fine but last night he woke up 5 times!!! he refused to go back to sleep and in the end i gave in and rocked him because i'd been up for 1hour and a half. We fed him, teething gelled him and in the end gave him some panadol but nothing worked. This morning he also refused to go down for his nap. I gave in again and rocked him because he was so hysterical and i couldn't calm him down.
What happened?? It was working so well and now he gets hysterical. I'm worreid about making a bad assosiation with sleep for him and that he thinks i'm abandoning him now that he's taking forever to go to sleep. I was happy when he'd be asleep by the first 10 minute timer because he wasn't crying all that much but now he's acting like its the end of the world!