Am I doing this right? First time mum of a 10 month old baby - sleep training?

Ann - posted on 04/13/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 10 month old boy who has never slept through the night since he was born. We just started sleep training last week. He used to wake up every 1 to 3 hours and I just breast feed and rock him to sleep, we co-sleep sometimes too. we started hands on settling last week, i put him on his cot awake and i pat and ssh him to sleep then i walk out of his room. it was sort of working :/ it takes time.. sometimes i sit in the room with him for 40 minutes because every time i thought i put him to sleep i try to sneak out and he will get up and cry!! its hard work! i really want him to learn to put himself to sleep! since he was born i have never time to do something for myself, i don't get much help plus he is really dependent on me! well anyways, i was never a fan of crying it out to sleep method. i hate it when he cries! i used to ran straight to him every time he cries! but lately its really been frustrating! for 2 hours at night he will wake up every 5 minutes, like last night. so i let him cry it out for the first time!! he did fell asleep on his own and he SLEPT FOR 5.5 HOURS! i did it again tonight.. i tried my hands on settling first then when i tried to leave the room he got up so i just let him cry.. he cried for half hour then he fell asleep on his own. is this how u do CIO? should i do this at day time as well? because today i ssh and pat him to sleep :/ i'm a bit confuse what sleep training were doing now. i'm sometimes okay with hands on settling its just the WAKING UP EVERY 5 MINUTES FOR 2 HOURS that makes me let him cry it out. am i being unfair with him by letting him cry it out at night but be there with him at day time?

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Jessica - posted on 04/15/2013

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I think the key to the CIO method is consistency. If you put him in his crib and let him cry it out one night and then the next you stay in the room with him then he wont catch on. At the beginning i was really against the CIO method I said that i would never do it. But when my daughter was around 5 months old I realized that I couldnt keep getting up with her every 2-3 hours or else i would go crazy. Every baby is different and we were really lucky because once we started doing it she never cried for more than 15 minutes and she got the hang of it by the third night. Now shes 7 months old and she puts herself to sleep and she sleeps straight from 7:30-7:30. You have to do it for his naps as well. Also if he's crying for 30 minutes and you give in then he'll realize that if he keeps crying you'll eventually come in, so make sure you stick to your guns or else you would have done all of that for nothing. I know its tough but the end result is well worth it. Good luck!

Charmaine - posted on 04/13/2013

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Hello hope ur ok i was the same at one point my daughter was waking up constant every hour for months how long does ur son sleep in the day my daughter wanted sleep hours so I got to a pattern where it was an hour that's it round about 12ish and then I found out it still wasn't working I Tryed everything Hun I didn't want to leave her on her own in the room but one day I did and the reason why she wasn't sleeping is I have her to much juice in the day wen she was asleep She was waking up all the time one night I gave her water and now she goes bed at 7 and wakes up at 8 in the morning I'm reli happy my daughter only has juice now an then but she's neli 2 so x if u ever need talk I'm always here x

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