Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Update on sleep training

A few days ago I posted a little bit about how our sleep training was going and I wanted to post an update. (I'm a few days late) Check out the first 3 days here

Night 4 and 5
We followed our same (new) routine. Feed her her bottle, brush teeth, then take her into her room (we started turning the big light out and only turning the lamp on so she would know its time to go to sleep). We turned on her Minnie to "twinkle twinkle" and one of us held her in the glider and rocked while the other read a bedtime story. Then we gave her hugs and kisses, sang to her, said our "good-nights" and "I love you's", layed her down in her crib and walked out. Both nights she cried for MAYBE 2 minutes, then layed down and fell asleep. This is how I found her on night 5:
Night 6
On night 6 she must have been pooped! It was a busy day for her. We had swim lessons that morning then we came home and took a pretty good nap. Then we went to play with her friend Katie for a while and made a Walmart run.  She fell asleep on the way home but as I was taking her out of her seat to lay her down in her crib she woke up and wouldn't go back to sleep. So she didn't get in a real good second nap. So that night after she got her bath, her daddy was feeding her and she was so tired she fell right to sleep while eating. So we just layed her down and let her be!

Night 7
Same routine; she cried for less than 30 seconds then layed down and was asleep within 10 minutes.  She was funny to watch on the monitor because she would sit up, then lay down, then sit up and grab her elephant, then roll around with him, then lay still for a minute then sit back up...you get the idea. She's becoming more and more ok with being in her crib by herself and learning that when its dark it means its time for bed.

Night 8
Same routine; NO crying and was asleep in 5 minutes!

We are learning that routine is everything. Beforehand we had somewhat of a routine. We would still feed her then read to her but we would do it downstairs on the couch where there are distractions. Then we are trying to get her to go to sleep with the dogs running around and the tv on and it got to a point where it wasn't working any more. So find a routine that works for you and I do recommend dimming the lights in the room and turning on some soothing music or sounds.

 And stick with it! Baby will catch on!


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