a nyone tried cry it out for naptime...just starting to sleep train my 7 month old. Thanks for any


Dora - posted on 09/23/2010




I have never been a fan of the cry it out method as I believe it teaches a child in a negative manner. Crying is never a postive thing. I would just keep talking to your child as your trying to put them down for a nap and reassure them. The thought of a child crying themselves to sleep for me is just heart breaking. I know personally I don't like crying myself to sleep, imagine having a child who doesn't understand having to go to sleep that way. There are many things you can try first. Sleeping should always be a positive thing not a negative thing. You can also try reading a book and letting your child look at the pictures. When you are done tell your child even if they are too young to understand that now is is nap time and when you wake up it will be play time. I am not saying it will work overnight as everything process of learning with a child takes time. Good luck and hope everything works out for the both of you.


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Jessica - posted on 10/06/2010




I have been for a couple weeks now. I held off until my daughter was 13 mos, because I didn't want to do it! But now I am and she cries for 5-10 min and then goes to sleep. Same thing at bedtime too.
I turn on her crip aquarium and give her her special puppy, tell her I love her and walk out the door. Then I go downstairs or turn on the radio so I don't have to listen!

Monique - posted on 10/04/2010




I did the cry it out thing with my first it was awful! with my 2 youngest i rufused to do it agian. we set up a routin just like bed time. It's very important you do it the same time every day,

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i hated hearing my baby cry but we did the cry it out for nap and bedtime, starting at 6 months, it worked, i would go back in and check after 20 mins, to wipe his face

Samantha - posted on 10/03/2010




I found the cry it out method effective and it was the only thing that worked for us. She would test me and test me and my partner told me to be strong because i knew there was nothing wrong. She was tired, not hungry, full tummy, not cold, fresh nappy etc and she would laugh at me when id go in and get her so i knew she was not being tortured by the whole event. She needed a little discipline and it worked perfectly and it was never a negative time for her.

Erin - posted on 09/23/2010




My son is 2 and a 1/2 and has just recently started giving me a hard time about bed for whatever reason. I tried the cryout method last night and it broke my heart after 1/2 hour of him wailing I had to go get him. Tonight I let him cry for a few minutes then went in read to him, sang to him then put him to bed with his door open (it's usually shut) he cried a little at 1st, then went to sleep. I still feel bad about letting him cry last night. Now I wonder if he's scared of the dark. Although,he doesn't watch anything scary so I don't know why he would be.

Farrah - posted on 09/23/2010




i have used this method with both kids... it seems to work after about a week, persistance is key. make sure all things are done...diaper changes/potty time, fed AND full, drinks, and all the xoxoxo's... my daughter fought sleep with all the excuses i forgot to give her kisses or hugs or she was tired, she even offered to take a nap if it was in my bed, but once she got the hang of it and realized i wasn't coming in to "save her" she started to nap just fine and i found that she was alot easier to deal with before bedtime as we established a routine....!!! good luck

Chelsea - posted on 09/22/2010




I have always used cry it out, with time restraint at first, when there that young tops at 5 minutes but now that my daughter is 18 months and in a toddler bed it sometimes takes longer after 10 minutes i offer a drink then when she is done i lay her back down and let her cry it out of she decides she wont sleep, most of the time after a total of 15 she is out. sometimes it only takes 5 depends on the day and the attitude, plus i always have the baby monitor on to make sure nothing happened to make her cry longer then usual

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