Trying to get my 1 year old to sleep the night
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Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2010
I have to say, the Ferber Method seems absolutely horrible, but it does work. My son was sleeping in the bed with my husband and I and it was getting really uncomforable with all of us in the bed. I finally put the crib in our room and let him cry it out. It was painful. My hubby literally had to keep me out of the room. But after that first night, it got easier. He is sleeping better. He use to wake up multiple times a night.. like four or five and he too is one year old! Now we are down to one maybe two times a night. The great thing is now, I wake up and tell him to lie back down and go to sleep and he does.. on his own. No more going to him and picking him up. I am giving him one more week in our room to see if he will learn to sleep all night. Whether he does or not.. it is off to his own room in his crib he goes. I am sure we will have a time with this adjustment too, but we just decided to take small "baby" steps towards it since the first time we put him in his crib in his own room, he cried for three hours straight and refused to go to sleep. Maybe this time it will work out better for us.
Jamie - posted on 01/13/2010
Hi, I think sleeping is the hardest thing for a baby to learn. I accidentally used a combination of No Cry Sleep Solutions (just out of necessity) and the Ferber method. I am going to tell you that hearing your baby cry will be super difficult. Turn the monitor off and set the timer. It only took two nights and Hayden was sleeping through the night. However, any changes physically like teething, fever, upset stomach, etc. will push us back to the beginning. But the turn around is quick. Hayden will cry in the middle of the night and we wait 10 min. usually she is back to sleep, if not, one of us gets up and brings her into our room, we give her a drink of water and lay with her for a few minutes, not long enough for her to fall asleep, just long enough for her to calm down. Then we put her back in bed. She might cry for 5 min. or less but then she out like a light. We vacationed in the Bahama's and she slept through the night every night in her own crib. When she is suffering or sick we just keep her with us when she wakes up in the night. Routine is also important. Hayden turned 1 on Jan. 1 and she knows the drill. Dinner, bath, book, bottle, bed. She will bring me a book after her bath, I try to read as she turns the pages and chews on the corners. Then we have a bottle, I change her and up to bed saying night night sweet girl all the way up the stairs. She goes down with her lovey and blankey and it is lights out. Good luck it is very difficult to start the process but the payoff is HUGE!
Amber - posted on 01/13/2010
Something that has helped me get more sleep is the book No Cry Sleep Solutions. I got it on amazon.com for a few dollars. The thing that helped me was to put him to sleep in different ways. He used to always fall asleep with his last feeding, but now I feed him earlier then we do the bath and bedtime routine and sometimes I read to him sometimes I rock him to sleep sometimes I have him lay down and sit next to the crib till he is asleep. The idea is just that baby knows there are more ways to fall asleep and they can help themselves fall back to sleep. All babies get up through the night just some know how to get back to sleep and others need your help.