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    Default SLEEP finally :)

    I'd thought I'd provide an update on how we are travelling and have a positive story on here that people may stumble across when looking for support and reassurance in the dead of the night.
    If you weren't aware, dd2's sleep had descended into a nightmare, as I posted many times lol. She woke 4-6 times a night on average needing boob. She had the occasional "good" night but they were few and far between, and even then it was every 3 or so hours. She napped mostly in 40 minute chunks. She was miserable. I was miserable, I was developing PND. I didn't enjoy anything. I cried a lot with exhaustion. My 3yo copped the brunt of my mood swings and I felt awful that I wasn't in control of my emotions.

    Just over a week ago at 5 months we did controlled crying (I followed the sleepeasy solution book) to teach her to self settle and resettle. Yes it was tough, but it was much tougher on us when she wasn't sleeping. Yes she cried (sometimes a lot!) but she was already waking and crying multiple times a night, every night, for 14 weeks now. But now after a week she sleeps 7-6/7 with a dream feed at 930. She naps like a champion. Her feeding has also improved- her constant feeding day and night has stopped now she takes good amounts at the breast when she wakes and I'm no longer worried she's going hungry. She's happy and thriving, and so am I. I can't believe how things have changed and how great life is now- dd1 and dh have me back. I love my bed. Oh how I missed it. Now anyone can put her down to sleep with a cuddle and some books.

    The third night was the hardest. She started flipping herself over on her stomach when crying and got stuck which made her extra upset. I was unsure if I was meant to go in and flip her back. I initially did a few times but then realised she needed to learn how to sleep in whatever position she put herself into. Turns out she's a tummy sleeper.

    So there is light at the end of the tunnel if you are going down this road. Stick with it. The results are worth it

    My baby still loves me, more than ever now that she can get a good rest. I also used it with success on dd1 and she's not damaged either!

    Thank you for all your kind words and support during my sleep deprivation hell xxxx

    Feel free to share positive controlled crying stories as well

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    So happy for you, you sound truly relieved and everyone getting sleep again can only be a good thing!

    Whilst my experience with DS1 wasn't nearly as bad we also did CC at 9 mnths and it only took 3 nights. As you say they're up crying anyway - and in our case it truly was worth the pain. DS1 has been an amazing sleeper ever since (he is now 4), self settles with ease, and relatives always comment on how easily he goes down and his ability to sleep through consistently.

    I think if you feel in your gut that it's worth trying then go for it. Some babies just really need to self settle and refuse to be rocked/patted/nursed to sleep - and sometimes they require a little help - or 'stepping back' from mummy and daddy, in order to learn to do this. Our DS1 still insists that we leave the room so he can go to sleep, he just likes to be alone for sleeping.

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    Woohoo...I'm so please for you girls. I had similar troubles with my DD (now 12). It was a living nightmare! I did a gentle CC after a stay at sleep school, and it was literally life saving. I am always loathe to share my story and success on BH as it is so frowned upon here 😐
    With my subsequent children I was able to implement the same techniques (wrap/shush/pat) from birth and had much more settled babies who slept much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaybaby View Post
    Woohoo...I'm so please for you girls. I had similar troubles with my DD (now 12). It was a living nightmare! I did a gentle CC after a stay at sleep school, and it was literally life saving. I am always loathe to share my story and success on BH as it is so frowned upon here 😐
    With my subsequent children I was able to implement the same techniques (wrap/shush/pat) from birth and had much more settled babies who slept much better.
    This section is a safe place. I hope you feel you can continue to help other parents in similar situations. @lms great news! I know you were really struggling, I'm so glad you were confident to make changes and they worked! 😃

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    I'd thought I'd provide an update on how we are travelling and have a positive story on here that people may stumble across when looking for support and reassurance in the dead of the night.
    If you weren't aware, dd2's sleep had descended into a nightmare, as I posted many times lol. She woke 4-6 times a night on average needing boob. She had the occasional "good" night but they were few and far between, and even then it was every 3 or so hours. She napped mostly in 40 minute chunks. She was miserable. I was miserable, I was developing PND. I didn't enjoy anything. I cried a lot with exhaustion. My 3yo copped the brunt of my mood swings and I felt awful that I wasn't in control of my emotions.

    Just over a week ago at 5 months we did controlled crying (I followed the sleepeasy solution book) to teach her to self settle and resettle. Yes it was tough, but it was much tougher on us when she wasn't sleeping. Yes she cried (sometimes a lot!) but she was already waking and crying multiple times a night, every night, for 14 weeks now. But now after a week she sleeps 7-6/7 with a dream feed at 930. She naps like a champion. Her feeding has also improved- her constant feeding day and night has stopped now she takes good amounts at the breast when she wakes and I'm no longer worried she's going hungry. She's happy and thriving, and so am I. I can't believe how things have changed and how great life is now- dd1 and dh have me back. I love my bed. Oh how I missed it. Now anyone can put her down to sleep with a cuddle and some books.

    The third night was the hardest. She started flipping herself over on her stomach when crying and got stuck which made her extra upset. I was unsure if I was meant to go in and flip her back. I initially did a few times but then realised she needed to learn how to sleep in whatever position she put herself into. Turns out she's a tummy sleeper.

    So there is light at the end of the tunnel if you are going down this road. Stick with it. The results are worth it

    My baby still loves me, more than ever now that she can get a good rest. I also used it with success on dd1 and she's not damaged either!

    Thank you for all your kind words and support during my sleep deprivation hell xxxx

    Feel free to share positive controlled crying stories as well
    Can it be used for a 13mth old? We haven't slept through yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsSS View Post
    Can it be used for a 13mth old? We haven't slept through yet
    @MrsSS, my miss 14 months is on her way to sleeping through. I've started patting her mattress and she's waking less and nit needing me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby_Tuesday15 View Post
    @MrsSS, my miss 14 months is on her way to sleeping through. I've started patting her mattress and she's waking less and nit needing me.
    I have been patting the mattress too, hope your little miss sleeps through soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsSS View Post
    Can it be used for a 13mth old? We haven't slept through yet
    I did CC with my DD at 12 months She was sleeping through after 3 nights. It was a lifesaver! She's 4.5 now and apart from when she's been sick she has been a perfect sleeper ever since. She's awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    I did CC with my DD at 12 months She was sleeping through after 3 nights. It was a lifesaver! She's 4.5 now and apart from when she's been sick she has been a perfect sleeper ever since. She's awesome.
    Oh really? That gives me hope! Thank you!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsSS View Post
    Can it be used for a 13mth old? We haven't slept through yet
    It sure can Just be mindful they are more vocal and mobile as they get older so can take a bit more crying and resistance but it's definitely not too late 👍

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