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It’s now time to quit getting up multiple times throughout the night. He was breastfeeding at least twice, and waking up every few hours crying.
At one point he’d gotten down to just 1 or 2 awakenings/night, but when he started teething he got up constantly. Then, he began crying any time we put him in the crib. Now that he’s standing, the second we lay him down he stands up and screams.
So, now it’s time for sleep training. Instead of nursing him to sleep, he gets put down awake. Instead of walking him to sleep or patting his back until he goes under, he’s learning to self-soothe. I’m using Richard Ferber’s techniques.
His new nighttime routine is as follows: pajamas, milk, brush teeth, turn on crickets & moon nightlight, read books (always ending with Sleepytime), get laid down for rest. He’s beginning to snuggle down under his blanket without crying - a few times he’s even seemed to enjoy being tucked in!
When he wakes up in the middle of the night, instead of feeding him to sleep, I’m now giving him a hug, then laying him back down. I let him cry for about 5 minutes, go in & lay him back down, let him cry for about 10 minutes, go in & lay him back down. At this point he either passes out, or we go on for a 15 minute round.
Every night the times get longer. Within a few weeks (at the outside, if I’m consistent), he’ll learn that it’s just easier to go to sleep than to carry on. And he’ll learn that I’m nearby & he’s safe.
I’m still feeding him at 5 to 6:30am, and he goes back to sleep until 7:30 to 8:30.  At that point, I bring him upstairs with me to nurse in bed while I get my last dozes in (baby sleep alarm). By 8:30 or so he gets down on the floor to play and/or watch Sesame Street.
Because of the extra sleep in the morning, he usually only takes 1 nap during the day, but he’s getting the right amount of sleep according to Ferber.
I’m looking forward to him sleeping past the 2-4am wakeup!!
One day the bouncy-bouncy noises just stopped...Jamie came in the room to find ZIP passed out cold in the exersaucer, toy in hand.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sleep Training