I’m on day 6 of sleep training Ash to sleep in his own crib and room. It has been a great success thus far. I get to sleep 7 to 8 hours straight
My husband and I, after many sleepless months, decided to sleep train Ash. Ash’s paediatrician suggested the idea of CIO (cry it out) method. I hated the idea of my baby crying himself to sleep at first. He was breastfed. In Canada doctors suggest to breastfeed babies till they are 2 years old.
I went online and read many reviews about this method before trying it out. I decided to go with the controlled Crying method. You may ask what’s difference?
What is the difference between Controlled Crying and Cry It Out?
When people think of “Cry It Out” they think of not going back in the room once they put their baby down for sleep at night and let them cry. Controlled Crying is when you go in at intervals to check on your baby and you may put a time limit on how long your baby cries in total. I do find many people consider Controlled Crying the same as “Cry It Out” and don’t want to do either. Everyone seems to have a slightly different definition. Some people think of Cry It Out as not even going in to feed or change a diaper while others recognize that they are not looking for a 12-hour straight sleeper or baby sleeping throughout the night, necessarily, they just don’t want to go in there every 1-2 hours to replace a pacifier, breast-feed, bottle-feed, or rock their baby back to sleep all night.
On day 1 my husband, Mohan, put Ash down in his crib at 8 PM performed some night time routine such as: filling the humidifier with water, switching his room night lamps on and wishing him a good night sleep with a kiss (very important as these are cues for him to sleep). He went in every 5 to 7 mins to calm Ash down. I was advised by our paediatrician not to enter the room while he cried. If had seen me he would’ve prolonged his cry. Within 20 mins he calmed down and fell off to sleep. Never woke up till 7 AM the following morning.
Believe it or not on day 2 he was only crying for 2 mins or less and he slept throughout the night. Day 3 he gave us a surprise by waking up in the middle of the night for a short cry. Mohan went into his room to calm him down. He went off to sleep within minutes.
Dear moms, If you do co-sleep and have decided to put your baby in his own room. I strongly suggest you stick to a routine. Baby Ash’s bedtime routine as follows:
7:00 PM to 7:30PM – Dinner time
7:30 PM to 7:45 – Bath time
7:45 PM dressed up in PJs and ready for a bedtime story and sipping on a bottle of milk
8:00 PM he is in his bedroom staring at his starlight drifting off to sleep
I have been following this routine for the past 6 nights and it has been a great success. Even though in the beginning I was all against this method and believe me it was a tough call to decide to end the co-sleeping, or to listen to him screaming away, but at the end of the day it was fruitful. He learnt to soothe himself to sleep and my baby is not a thumbsucker or a pacifier user. Thus, he had difficult time to soothe himself to sleep without being breastfed. It feels like I won a lottery. I get to sleep for 8 hours straight after 14 months. It’s a great feeling.
According to babycentre: As soon as your baby is born, you can begin to help him establish good sleep habits that will last a lifetime. You’re bound to run into a few problems along the way but if you start with — and stick to — the basics, your chances of the whole family enjoying a good night’s sleep improve dramatically.
I thought this process will be much tougher but it is not as difficult as I thought it to be. Please do share your methods below by leaving a comment.
Happy and healthy sleeping ZzZzZz……