I did start reading SOS but the rigidity of it really put me off. I had a lot of medical appointments to have dressings changed when dd was small and I just had to take the appointments that I could get. As it happens my dd was pretty cruisy and happy to be fed wherever we landed and sleep in the capsule/ carrier/ pram. She also had her own natural rhythm and I could usually predict where she would be at what time of day.
OP, I agree with the others, it is good to gather information but once bub gets here some of your feelings may change (I was never going to do many of the things that I ended up doing and didn't do many things that I thought I would) so just take it as it comes and you know where to go for information if you need it.
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08-04-2015 11:28 #171
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08-04-2015 12:08 #173
Also, I just read in this thread that you're expecting, congrats!
08-04-2015 12:21 #174
When older bed times should definitely be about what fits with the family dynamic. I'm not a morning person and having a bub didn't change that so DS would often have a feed at 10pm, wake maybe once or twice through the night, wake when DH went to work at 5.30am but would happily have a feed and snuggle in bed until about 10am. More often than not when he was little he would end up in bed with us for the night after the first feed. He was a May baby born in Canberra so it was fudging cold!! I should add that was up until about 4 or 5 months old. When we started FF things changed again.
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08-04-2015 13:02 #176Member
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I started SOS with my DD at 4 months old and it saved my sanity!
I didn't want to use a routine in the beginning and wanted to be baby-led and never ever let her cry and hold her all the time. This didn't work - she screamed all day and all night. I ended up with PND because I was so worried that all that crying was damaging her brain but no matter how much I patted and rocked and shushed she would not sleep longer than 20 minutes at a time. Ever! After months of this and one extremely overtired baby I tried SOS and it worked - within 3 days I sat and ate dinner with my hubby for the first time in months while she slept in her bassinette. SOS for our family resulted in a happier baby with markedly less crying than any other methods I tried including no cry sleep solution.
Don't get me wrong - she is not a perfect sleeper. I still fed twice a night until she was 10 months old but I was happy to do that. Even now at 2 years old if she needs me at night (which is rarely) I am always there for her.
We travel and are out and about heaps and having a routine has made this even easier.
I know exactly what she will need for the time we are out. She will sleep in pram, car seat, portacot anywhere we set it up, ergo.
SOS doesn't always mean any or more crying will be involved than other methods. It's just a different way to try this was my experience anyway. And the FB support page is amazing if you do decide to try SOS.
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08-04-2015 20:02 #178
Ps. We have coslept from the beginning and I define "sleeping through" as 5hrs +.
08-04-2015 20:14 #179
Dd is put in bed at 6 on the dot, 5.45 if she is super tired, my parents do not understand it and I think they think I am cruel, however when I put her to bed at that time 99% of the time she rolls over and goes to sleep.. Any later and she will cry. To me that says she gets over tired past that point. She will wake up once at night usually and then 5.45-6am, I am used to it so it's no problem for me, on occasion it can be 4.30-5am, I'm okay with that too because she genuinely wakes up refreshed. Any earlier then that and we both struggle.
It took me a while to figure her routine out, before that she was waking up multiple times a night and I was exhausted. Anytime I forced a different sleeping routine it would make it all worse.
09-04-2015 06:51 #180
Could someone please let me know the details of the facebook group please? I've done a search but there are a few. 👍🌸 thank u
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