I'd like to hear some success stories about anyone who has tried either controlled comforting or cry-it-out with twins. At what age did you do it and how did you go about it?
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04-05-2012 19:22 #1
CC/CIO with twins
05-05-2012 19:42 #2
I am doing volunteer work with a sleep doctor and the most successful babies I have seen were twin girls who were sleeping through at 3 months (with 10pm rollover feed). Here is his website: www.silentnights.org and there is a forum there if you need to ask questions. If you live in adelaide you can also go to visit him.
His website should have step by step method.... I think....
How old are they? Girls? Boys? What is their weight gain like?
05-05-2012 19:56 #3
My girls are 4.5 months old, born at term and are now about 6 kg for one and 7kg for the other. So growing well! Thanks I will check out the website.
05-05-2012 20:01 #4Senior Member
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That 'doctor' has seriously questionable methods that are not supported by current best medical practise.
Those who support controlled crying advocate not starting until baby is over 6 months.
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06-05-2012 09:54 #5
Bubbles, what questions do you have? I really beg to differ. Dr Symon has been doing this for over 25 years with great success and not one baby (who are all adults now) has returned to him with complaints. He has done a lot of research on this and just because the "recommendations" state you shouldn't start till 6 months doesn't mean that's what right for your family. Recommendations IMO are a little behind and don't line up with what all the current research and evidence has to say. The "recommendation" for starting solids is 6 months too but there's evidence to suggest that we should be starting earlier. Did you know only 2% of babies in the UK are exclusively breastfed until 6 months? And their recommendation is 6 months... Let mums do what they want to do and for twins I can't imagine a harder task than to rock and pat and be up all night with not one but two!
06-05-2012 10:00 #6
They sound like they would respond really well to this method. A couple of key things, consistency and confidence in yourself. My son slept through at 3 months and he is so comfortable with going to sleep on his own. He in actual fact he never cries anymore, only if he's really hungry.. Best wishes to you!
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06-05-2012 11:48 #7
Thank you for your kind support and words; they are much needed! I was having a terrible time with the girls as they are so alert and simply refuse to sleep. Admittedly part of it was my fault as I accidentally allowed a few bad sleep associations to develop.
I am Day 9 into the cry-it-out process now. I am quite proud to say while things are still not completely settled, we have gone cold turkey without on the pacifiers/rocking/bouncing/patting to sleep. If u can picture me taking turns to wear one baby for several hours a day pacing the length of the house each day so they could get some nap time, that was me. I was at my wits' end as they were getting increasingly demanding and heavier, so mentally and physically I was exhausted. I tried no-cry solutions without much improvement. and I have been quite careful about having routines in place. Bedtime settling used to take TWO hours and they would still wake every hour or so.
There's a lot of controversy about CIO and lots of places state 6 months to start but I'm not sure i could have carried on the way I was for another couple of months.
That's why I thought I'd try this out.
1 twin got the hang of it pretty quickly, although she still has her moments. But the other twin is taking a bit longer, but I'm determined to hang on.
Just need a few kind words here and there to spur me on.
It IS HARD to hear your babies cry though.
06-05-2012 12:03 #8
06-05-2012 12:19 #9
I would wait til 6months minimum, there's a reason why that's the governments recommendation
06-05-2012 13:03 #10
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