I took action at just after 7 months. He was getting worse not better, I knew he could sleep 9-11 hours, he'd done it many times but he was taking forever to get to sleep at night and naps, waking 3 times a night again, my back was giving out from rocking the boofa and lying all twisted to feed him back to sleep , my DD was missing out on mum time and tiredness was causing stress all around.
His big sister slept through at just a couple of months old, he'd slept through many times from 16 weeks. I know many babies aren't ready to sleep through before 12 months but if I have one that is ready to sleep through sooner then I want it sleeping through!
I tried patting, shushing, CC with and without picking up to resettle, staying in room, cry in arms. They all made him more upset and did nothing to help night wakings. I left DH in charge one night and after more than an hour of repeatedly rocking him to sleep only to have him spring awake soon as his body touched the mattress, he left him to cry. I was up the other end of the house thinking "everyone on bubhub will flame me for letting my baby CIO" but I put music on the headphones at full volume, let DH do it his way, and 35 minutes later he was sound asleep and I didn't hear a peep until he woke happy and giggling in the morning. We still rock him to sleep, but he settles much quicker now and if he rewakes when we put him down we leave him. It has massively improved his naps and night sleep (except this week cos he's got a cold).
I'm not saying "yay for CIO, lets all do it". I'm just sharing my experience of what we did when waiting it out was going to start tearing me and my family apart.
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