Which Method?

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Which Method?
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Wed, 10-05-2011 - 10:27am

Hello,

This is my first time posting on this board. I have a 6 month old, 5 year old and 8 year old.

My baby used to sleep until 5am every night since she was less then a month old. She can put herself to bed as of 2 months old. She sucks her thumb and so she soothes herself to sleep that way.

When she hit 3 1/2 months she started waking up at 2:30, not so bad. Then we got home from visting relatives all summer and moved her to her crib since she had outgrown her bassinet while we were gone and she now wakes up every 2 hours. She still puts herself to bed and for her naps no problem (most of the time) Her bedtime is between 7-8 and she has good naps.

What sleep training method do you recommend? She shares a room with her 5 year old sister, who has to get up to go to school. I have thought about taking her sister out of the room while we do the sleep training. I read the No Cry Sleep Solution and that didn't work so well for us because when I put her back to her bed semi awake she thought it was time to play!

When she wakes up I bring her in my bed, nurse her laying down and then when she's done I bring her back to her bed, repeat, 2 hours later. At some point in the early morning I'll just leave her in with me but even sometimes she still wakes up while she's in there with me. I just need some solid sleep! When my son was this age I did the Ferber method with him and it worked wonders but I don't know if that is best in this situation since she already knows how to put herself to sleep and I have heard her put herself back to sleep sometimes too!

I'm so lost, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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In reply to: woodie8
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 10:45am
Hi Crystal,

Welcome to the board! I have a couple of questions for you...

When your daughter wakes in the middle of the night, is she fussing or is she just talking/gabbing to herself?

How do you feel about allowing her to cry it out?

Do you think she could be going through a growth spurt or is she teething? I know that both things cause sleep disruptions.

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In reply to: woodie8
Sun, 10-09-2011 - 2:52pm

Hi Kristy,

If she's just fussing a little or talking to herself then I leave her and most of the time she'll put her self back to sleep but most of the time its a cry that escalates so I go in. She doesn't like being rocked to sleep (since we've always layed her down awake to fall asleep) and she doesn't take a soother either so I usually try rocking but then usually nurse her until her sucking slows and she starts to drift off then I detach her and lay her back down to finish the rest of the falling asleep on her own.

We tried CIO earlier this week, she was hysterical. I sent my DH in to comfort her, because I prefer the Ferber method for the crying and I could hear her searching for me. She was extremely upset and I just cannot continue doing that to her so I'm trying the other way now. We had ONE good night of sleep where she slept 7 hours, and we got a couple of nights with 5 hour stretches at the beginning but once again the past 2 nights she is back to waking up every 2 hours.

She has her first teeth, got them beginning of September, and I know it could be more teeth but this every 2 hours is EVERY night so I don't think its a growth spurt and I don't think its the teething, since there hasn't been any break in it. I have been getting up with her at least

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Registered: 03-31-2003
In reply to: woodie8
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 9:15am
Interesting. I've heard of lots of babies who began more night wakings around 3.5-4 mos. I know mine did. I would think that since your LO already knows how to get herself to sleep, that some version of CIO would work pretty well for her. When my LO starts up more night wakings, I do not nurse him unless its been 4 hours, so at the 2 hr mark he has to get himself back to sleep but then if he wakes up again and its been at least 4 hrs since his last feeding, I'll nurse him again. Once he starts responding to that, I begin to push him back to 5 or 6 hrs. I know this works because I've done it before, but of course am I enforcing it right now? Nope! I need to get back on it... It has worked for us in the past though. :) Now that I think about it, when we started this plan he was 6 mos, just like your LO. Good luck!

Manda :)

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Registered: 01-26-2004
In reply to: woodie8
Tue, 10-25-2011 - 3:29pm

Thanks Manda, that does sound like a good plan.

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