As you may have read in my last post, Tony and I are supporters of sleep training, or as some might call it, the Ferber or "cry it out" method. We did it with Charlie and it was one of the best parenting decisions we could have made. Getting a good nights sleep made Charlie happier, made Tony and me happier, and I even think Roxy dog benefited from the full night of sleep. It was a win win... win.
But here we are again, this time with Lucy, who is now a one year old, and has totally regressed. She had been a pretty "average" sleeper from the get go. She would go through phases of sleeping through the night, to waking once or twice to eat, but lately those wakings were getting more frequent and EARLY, and with my decision to start to wean her from breastfeeding, something had to change.
Enter: Sleep Training round 2.
So this week I'm going to bring you through our journey, as I hope this post provides some like-minded, sleep-deprived mamas out there with some incite, hope and encouragement towards getting a good night's rest. Because mama needs her beauty sleep.
Important Info: We will continue to use the "Sleep Easy Solution" as our guide to sleep training. More info on the approach can be found on a previous post here.
Night 1 - Tuesday, April 18th
I was all psyched up and ready to go. I knew from my previous experience that this might be hard, I might cry, but it's worth it in the long run. I headed off to bed ready to take on the night, and then Lucy went and slept from 7:30-5am. Go figure. However since we decided that we wanted to make 6am her "okay to wake" time, we did some modified check ins from 5am - 6am. She cried for most of it, but was happy as can be when I finally went in at 6am to say good morning.
Night 2 - Wednesday, April 19th
Apparently night 1 was a fluke, and night 2 was when we'd really start.
7:15 Bedtime: Read some books, I nursed her and put her down AWAKE. This is key! She passed out pretty soon after.
12:15: Woke up crying. Or rather screaming. Lucy does not cry at night. She screams. We decided that Tony would do the first 2 check ins so she wouldn't get any false hope that the boobs would be making an appearance. He set his alarm for 5 minutes, and did a check in. In and out, no touching, a quick reminder that it's bedtime and we love her, and out the door. She cried until the next check in 10 minutes later.
12:25: Tony check in #2. Brief crying, then quiet/sleeping...
1:15: Up crying, Jenny did check in #3
1:30: Still crying, Jenny did check in #4
Woke at 6am.
General thoughts. SUCCESS!
Stay tuned for an update tomorrow...