Sleep training?? There are so many opinions and so many books and so many ways to sleep train your child. I am curious to hear how you sleep trained? (if you are a mom), How you think you would sleep train (if you aren't a mom yet) or really any opinion on sleep training.
Here's a little back story:
Last week after tube surgery, Tucker laid down in bed each night and put himself to sleep. Well lets go even farther back. Tucker has always slept great except when he is sick. And when he is sick I think he needs a little TLC so I let him sleep beside me. I mean when you have a baby with constant ear pain, RSV, pneumonia all within 6 months all you want for that baby is to not be in pain. So back to last week. Well had a very busy weekend this week so he has been way off schedule and now wont lay in bed and put himself to sleep anymore. So its time for sleeping training. Now, through this sleep training we are cutting teeth and he is going through separation anxiety and wants to be with momma all the time (which I love)! So I hear if you stay consistent for 3 nights, your baby will learn to put himself back to sleep again.
Last night was night one: I laid Tucker in bed and he did the usual talking and playing and rolling around...only this time he sat up crying instead of just falling asleep like the previous week. So after he cried for a couple minutes (2 to be exact) I went in his room, covered him up, layed him back down and patted his bottom until he was calm. After this I left the room. He cried again.
This time I timed him for 5 minutes then repeated the steps above....he cried
I went back in and repeated steps and let him cry for 6 minutes.
I waited again and then repeated the steps and this time he fell asleep to me patting his bottom. After he is asleep, he sleeps through the night and never makes a peep again.
yes, I love to rock my baby and pat him to sleep, but I think its important for them to know their bedroom, love it and love to sleep in there. Besides its easier on mom:)
So I think it went well. The only concern I have is HOPEFULLY he wont need me to pat him to sleep and he will learn when he hits the bed, its sleep time.
So I know people let them cry it out totally, which is a good method, but my heart breaks when he cries and gets all choked up from crying so hard. So I am going in, at least laying my hand on him to let him know he is safe, and its ok to fall asleep. I have heard this works also.
I will update with every night we try this...but until then I would love to hear your methods and advice.
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