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Crying it out

One thing that I was adamant that I would not do was cry it out sleep training.  I absolutely hated the idea that my baby had to cry himself to sleep.

But about two weeks ago I realized that the co-sleeping wasn’t good for us or baby G, and I read a few posts of parents who’ve tried it and for whom it worked, so out of desperation I decided that we must try it, since none of the other sleep training methods worked for us.

The first 3 nights were absolutely terrible!  Neither DH nor I could stand to hear our baby cry, but I must say even though we felt terrible, we could see some improvement from the first night already, and we decided to give it a try for at least 1 week.

Well after more than a week he now falls asleep with almost no crying or even some nights no crying at all.  He does not sleep through yet – he wakes once or twice during the night, but most nights only once.  Technically speaking he probably did sleep through, because he’s had a couple of nights of sleeping longer than 5 hours straight, but I don’t see that as sleeping through.  I can see that Baby G can now fall asleep by himself at night and he does not need any help from me anymore.

Now I must just get him to sleep in his cot during the day too.  The few times I’ve tried that, baby G cried for about 30 minutes before I could not stand it anymore and went to fetch him.  After those times he was so wide awake from all the crying that I could not get him to nap at all!  If anyone has some advice on how to get him to nap in his cot I would absolutely welcome it.

Even though this was really hard to do I know it’s best for baby G and for us too.  We are all getting more sleep, and DH and I don’t feel so incredibly tired when we get up in the morning anymore.


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