So like most new mothers I am trying to steer my way through the wonderful world of sleep training an infant with my lack of sleep. I always refused to be that parent that runs to my 10 month olds every need. Don’t get me wrong, I want to spoil the shit out of my child and hug and cuddle her. But I don’t want to be sleeping with my 2 year old either every night fighting to get them out of my bed (no offense to anyone that co-sleeps) just personal preference.
I bought the book baby wise and spoke with the pedi about sleep training. She suggested at 2 weeks letting her cry it out a little. (I couldn’t do it.) At almost five weeks we are willing to try a little cry it out. We do have some other tricks we’ve worked on this week.
1. Ava was moved to her room. The constant waking was bothering my husbands sleep schedule even if he didn’t need to get up and help. He was exhausted at work and even got sick. I quarantined him to the basement. 🙂 So we moved her bassinet first across our room instead of next to me. Then the next night into her room.
2. We stopped swaddling her – she freaked out one night when I zipped upped her swaddle pod so I undid it. She fell asleep in no time. We haven’t looked back, no more swaddling. She was never swaddled for naps so I wasn’t concerned. At night we still use a sleep sack with her arms free.
3. After a few nights of no swaddle and in her room, we moved her to her crib. The bassinet was just too small, she moves A LOT at night and kept kicking hte sides or hitting the sides. During the day she will turn 90 degrees in her pack n play lol
NIGHT ONE – Jan. 29- So now it was time to start the cry it out method – Like the PDF method from Baby wise – I tried to put her on a wake-feed-sleep schedule so she wasn’t getting nursed to sleep (a crutch to older infants) So I fed her at 7:00 and started to get her ready for bed around 7:30. I put her down at 7:40ish – she fussed for ten minutes then full on screamed for 30 mins. We went in three times and assured her we were there. Then at 8:20 -she just passed out! And then she slept for FIVE WHOLE HOURS and FORTY-FIVE MINUTES! The longest stretch ever. She took a bottle from my husband and went down perfectly for another 2 hours and 40 minutes. Then another 3 hours.
During the day though, I tried the cry it out for ten minutes and couldn’t fathom doing it for every nap. I don’t want her to scream at all 6-7 of her naps! So I think I decided for now doing cry it out for only evenings. We are still working on getting down the PDF method of wake-feed-sleep (repeat)
NIGHT TWO – Jan. 30 – Ava’s second night was even better. Her day was tough with cat naps all afternoon for 20-30 min. so by 7:30 she had a feeding and was ready for bed. I put her down at 8:15 and she was out like a light! No crying, but it could have been because she was so tired. She slept for FIVE HOURS AND FIFTEEN MINUTES. I woke up to nurse her, my husband was out like a light. I figured he’d be up in an hour or two feeding her again but NO, she slept another FOUR hours! She was up at 7am! That’s one feeding during the night. I hope she can keep it up. I do like this 1-2 feedings a night.
NIGHT THREE – Jan 31 – Not as good as last night, but still better than the first night! We started bed time routine at 7:30 ish and had her down by 7:50. She whimpered for 10 minutes then began to cry at 8:00. She cried for 22 minutes, 8 minutes less than two nights ago. This crying was also not screaming like night one. This was just a steady “pick me up” cry I want your attention. She slept for five hours and then another four hours.
5 weeks has started a great sleep routine – not perfect but definitely better than weeks 1 and 2. I can function on two 4-5 hour sleep stretches. She’ll get the hang of it! She’s a smart cookie! I