But you are right - if I had tried to follow it to the letter I think I would have ended up very stressed and upset, and with a very stressed and upset baby too.
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21-04-2014 20:07 #93
I'm lucky I had several friends go through it before me so I could see how happy, healthy and content their sleep-trained kids are. I never worried I'd be hurting my DD by getting her into a good routine. I never left her to cry and she slept through from 11 weeks. It's all about routine and spacing out the feeds to 4 hourly.
I also think it's really hard training a kid to sleep when they're breastfed and for me the benefits of sleep (for baby and parent) outweigh the slight benefits of BF, so I'll be formula feeding my next baby.
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21-04-2014 20:07 #94Senior Member
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So upshot is, if it doesn't work, or if it doesn't feel right it's the parents fault.
The woman spins it like a pro.
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21-04-2014 20:07 #95
In the book, she says that to teach a 2 week old baby to sleep that you should put them in bed, make a cup of tea and drink it. She says to be prepared for crying. She says if the baby is still awake and crying after 20 minutes then go in, but more often than not the baby will be asleep. Now if that's not CIO, then I don't know what is!
Anyway, I don't understand how someone can put a newborn baby in her routine. Babies do wake up. Their stomachs are a lot smaller than ours, it's just common sense that they should wake. It's part of being a parent. I don't like the idea of introducing solids just to make a baby sleep either. I have heard of sleep specialists recommending this from as young as 6 weeks to get babies to sleep through. No way in hell!
Whilst I don't believe in this book, I did have a consistent night time routine with all 3 of my babies from birth that included bath, feed, bed. My children could put themselves to sleep from 3 months, some even earlier. After having 3 babies, I learnt that every one of them is different. But I was lucky enough to have babies that slept well at night time, with only a few rough patches here and there. All my babies have had dummies and not woken for them. I've never done a dream feed with any of my babies.
I can totally understand parents who are absolutely desperate after months and months of night wakings who are willing to do anything to get more sleep, but I just don't understand why people would implement her methods on young babies.
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21-04-2014 20:08 #96
21-04-2014 20:08 #97
I used the routine roughly when DS was a baby. I think it took 2 or 3 days before he was pretty much following the day routine and it was a similar time frame for the night routine.
I think we only strictly followed the schedule for about 1 week, then after that we relaxed and let him do his thing. He's always been an excellent sleeper, especially at night. I would definitely get the book out again if we have another bub, and would probably do a similar kind of thing
If it works for you, and you're happy to use it, then go for it. If not, do your own thing. Is it really any one else's business?
21-04-2014 20:13 #98
21-04-2014 20:15 #99
The more I'm learning about her methods, the more I'm certain it's nothing at all like CC though. ( which again, is different to CIO).
CC isn't even recommended until 6 months and I've never heard of leaving a baby for 20 minutes...a newborn at that, that's f!#ked, sorry, no other way to describe it.
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21-04-2014 20:18 #100
By all means, you should feed your child however you like. The benefits of breastfeeding are not slight, however. Aside from the health benefits provided by the antibodies in BM, there is also the lessened risk of SIDS. All I'm saying is look into it. Sleep is important, sure. But (and just my opinion, of course) it's important to look at all aspects before making a decision.
(In no way having a dig at anyone for ff as I have done so myself with my first DD)
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