Sleep Training

Ali de Bold
on Aug 05, 2014 @ 07:53 pm

I've just gone through sleep training with my daughter and would love to hear how others have handled it. How long did it take you, what worked, etc?  I'm working on an article about my experience and would love to incorporate advice from other moms.

5 Replies

Melatonin on Aug 05, 2014 @ 08:12 pm

I took melatonin pills to help regulate my sleep cycle- seemed to help. I've recently found that nighttime yoga that helps you sleep is incredible! I am yawning half way through.

Difficult on Aug 05, 2014 @ 10:23 pm

My daughter had slept in our bed since birth, so sleep training was quite difficult emotionally for me. We started putting her in the crib beside our bed, and we would lay on the bed, singing to her. She cried, but would eventually go to sleep (after about 30 mins). After a couple days of that we would just put her in her crib, and leave the room. Again she would cry but would go to sleep quicker and quicker everyday. We finally moved her crib into her own room, and it just clicked. She stills cries for about 30 seconds but she knows her bed and her crib, and now sleeps all night. I could go on a lot longer about her feedings at night, but I won't...she sleeps the night now! It was quite hard on me to hear her crying, but in the end, it was best for her and best for me as well. She now has good sleep habits.

So tough but there is a right time! on Aug 05, 2014 @ 11:07 pm

My second baby has been the toughest with sleeping. For the first 4 months he only slept in his swing! Finally I gave sleep training a try and failed .. I found that it was too early for him still. At 8 months I gave in and if I knew he wasn't hungry, wet or in pain I let him cry for 5 mins, went in then 10 mins, went in and at 15 mins of crying he finally fell asleep... For 1 hour and was up and then I did the same routine. I did this for 5 nights and he eventually learned to put himself back to sleep. I honestly think he just didn't know how to comfort himself when he woke up. Just try what works for your baby and if it's the right time :)

BF addict on Aug 12, 2014 @ 10:09 am

My daughter used to rely on nursing to go to sleep or back to sleep. She already turned two so it was time for me to stop nursing completely, especially since I'm pregnant and soon to pop. I tried placing aloe vera (real aloe vera) around and that didn't seem to work even though it tasted awful for her she was determined to nurse regardless. So then I just put my foot down. When she would wake up at 5 or 6 in the morning to nurse I wouldn't give it to her, the same for her afternoon nap, and for the night. She would cry, especially in the morning and have a fit. This lasted around 3 days. Her sleeping pattern changed. She doesn't want to take a nap in the afternoon but she's starting to come back to it. She sleeps on her own now and doesn't wake up in the morning to nurse. She sleeps through.

Sleep on Sep 04, 2014 @ 11:05 am

My son is almost a year now, and I started sleep training around 5 months. At first I thought I would try the "pick up put down" method. Instead, the first night I started sleep training, I did the normal bath routine, a drink of water, cuddle and story time then crib. He cried at first, so I sat in the master bathroom while my husband showered, he was still crying after 15 mins so I peeped in to ensure he was fine, he was. Five minutes later, he was fast asleep, so at that point each night I would let him cry for up to 30 minutes before entering his room, and he always fell asleep before the 30 minutes would lapse. Now though, we are having issues with giving up the pacifier completely - could use some advice.

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