LMS, you are living the dream at the moment, I'm so jealous!! If you feel ok to can you tell me exactly what you did and how much crying was involved please. I am onto week 24 of no longer than 3 hrs (which has only happened maybe 5 times ever since birth), usually hourly waking and I'm miserable and feeling broken. I'm so glad you've cracked it, you must feel a million dollars!
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02-04-2016 18:50 #11Senior Member
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I am happy to hear you found a solution to your DD's sleep.
Hugs and I hope your health improves as well
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02-04-2016 19:18 #14
SLEEP finally :)
Basically put your baby to bed awake and provide quick verbal reassurance at 5,10,15 minute intervals. Continue for all night wakings until asleep.
I kept a dream feed as she is only 5 months, as the book recommends. 6 months they can go all night without a feed.
There was a fair bit of crying in the first 3 nights - mostly around the 1am mark- but I kept a diary of the times so I could see how quickly she was improving. After 3 nights she was down to waking 1-2 times for a quick sook before back to sleep. Now she just rolls over when I pop her in the cot and goes to sleep without a peep
You need to be 100% committed before going ahead- otherwise all you've done is taught your baby to cry harder and longer than before.
I really recommend the book it was incredibly reassuring plus good assistance for awake times and naps. Maybe check your local library if you're interested.
I hope you find a solution that works for you @MrsIsMe. XXXX
Eta: it doesn't really matter what intervals you use, method of reassurance given etc as long as you remain consistent.
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02-04-2016 19:27 #15
I'm still struggling with a 2yr old and another due in 7 weeks. I think I left it too late. I'm seriously considering taking a more assertive approach this time.
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02-04-2016 19:51 #18
It's bloody hard but good on you. We did it once no 2 came along and I'm sure I cried more than he did. I was sobbing outside his room but it was best for us all. Sleep deprivation is torture but a functioning family is soooo worth it xxx
02-04-2016 20:18 #19
DS learnt to self settle with no crying originally (at around 10/11 months) but would still wake once or twice for feeds. Then he got sick and forgot how to self settle. After a month of hands on settling (rubbing his back and humming until he was asleep), I had had enough and no longer wanted to feed in the night. So we left him to cry for a few nights (didn't cry for any longer than 10 minutes each night), then once he again learnt to self settle, we night weaned (but offered cuddles the first night when he woke) and then the second and third night he only woke once and we settled him in his cot. Then.... Voila! He was self settling and sleeping through.
Too bad DD then decided just a month later to wake in the night and need help going to sleep. I got fed up with that too after a couple of months. She now goes to sleep on her own after a couple of nights of very strong protests. Fair enough she falls asleep on the floor in her doorway, but I put her back into bed an hour or so later and she's again sleeping through.
It's nice to know that in the morning they're still smiling at you and happy. You always feel like you're damaging them, but you know that you're giving them enough love and attention in the day that they know we still love them.
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