Friday, April 9, 2010

Sleep training

So this is what happens when little boys are so, so, so tired… while you’re trying to sleep train them!  

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He finally soothed himself to sleep after an hour and twenty minutes of effort, but he fell asleep slumped over, head face down in the mattress between his legs. 

It was all fine and dandy til mommy had to wake him up 15 minutes later (doh! bad, bad mommy!) to take him to a meeting at the clinic.  I was frantically calling neighbors to see if anyone was around that could sit in the house for an hour or so til I got home.  But to no avail…

Fortunately he was on his best behavior, like usual, at the clinic… despite the naptime being cut super short.  And later in the afternoon, he returned to take a nap (this time after about 35-40 minutes of effort) which lasted two hours and fifteen minutes.  Ahhh…

Day 5 and counting…

2 comments:

Renee said...

I watch my nephew (7 months) 3 times a week & he fights falling asleep in the afternoons. I've left him cry for 35 minutes one day & finally gave in & took him for a walk - fell asleep in 5 minutes! My SIL rocks him or goes for a car ride to get him to sleep. I didn't do that with my kids & I DONT want to do that with him. SO GLAD to see that a child can cry for an hour & 20 minutes & be fine!! Thanks for your words of encouragement!! :-)

Tim, Kirsten and Sebastian said...

Renee, he didn't CRY for an hour and 20 minutes... he just resisted sleeping. The sleep training we're doing actually is not a "cry it out" method... Here's a link to the article we're basing our current sleep training on: http://www.parenting.com/article/Baby/Care/Sleep-Training
We let him fuss a bit, but in general, he's awake and we're reassuring him and coaxing him to sleep. It's actually going REALLY well!

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