Thursday, July 30, 2009

sleep training

After we moved to Memphis, Willa started having trouble sleeping. She was having a hard time falling asleep. She was waking up several times during the night. She was waking up during the night and wanting to stay awake for hours. She was waking up early in the morning. She was refusing to nap. You name it, she was doing it. I guess the move to Memphis and then the trip to Utah got her all out of whack.

Our new pediatrician sort of put a guilt trip on me for being a softy and getting up with Willa whenever she would cry. So I decided to man up and start her on a sleep training program.
It broke my heart the first night to hear her cry. She cried for 2 hours straight even though I went in every 3, then 5, then 10 minutes to pat her back and comfort her. But now, 6 nights later she is doing FABULOUS! She has slept over 10 hours the last 3 nights without making a peep. And she falls asleep by herself in her crib within 10 minutes in the evening and at naptime. It is so nice to be getting some good sleep. And I must admit it has been a little liberating to let her cry.

6 comments:

cyndi said...

so is the secret just not to go in and get her?!? more details, please!!

~Kayley said...

Yes, how does this work?! : )

little dub said...

It is so hard to hear them cry!! We pretty much let her cry her self to sleep right from the beginning and I'm so thankful we did. We followed the guidelines in Babywise and have loved the results.

Renae said...

She is getting so big! I'm glad you're both sleeping better. Life is good when everyone sleeps!

Lindsay said...

I used the Controlled Crying method found here

http://www.askbaby.com/baby-sleep-training.htm

I needed something very specific. I followed it exactly and actually set a timer. The first night was hard on both of us but she got progressively better each night. It was worth it. I don't think I could have let her cry when she was younger but now I feel like she is big enough to cry a little. Silly.

Lindsay said...

Actually I didn't follow it exactly. I just re-read it. I went in every 3, then 5, then 10 minutes from then on the first night. But I quickly discovered that she would cry harder when I went in so it was better to leave her for longer periods of time. The second night was when I started the schedule on the website.

I also started a wake up routine to teach her when it was time to wake up. It is opening the curtains to let the sun in, singing a good morning song, and then feeding her.