Has anyone tried "The No Cry Sleep Solution"?


Dimitria - posted on 02/11/2009




Different methods work for different kids, after all, they each have their own distinct personality.  So personally, I think give it a try and see how it goes.  For our first, the no cry method worked until about 8 months and then we had to let her cry (within reasonable limits) when she awoke during the night, as her crying was her way of getting us to come in and attend to her, and it was getting worse each night.  The first night she cried for about 15 minutes, the next night only about 5 and the third night and since she has slept through (unless sick or something legitimate)...she's now 3 and a great sleeper!

Lets hope I have the same results with my newest addition!


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Shealagh - posted on 02/15/2009




I read that book with both of my sons (now 3 1/2 and 2.) I read a couple others also and pulled info from all of them. My husband and I firmly believe in no crying at bedtime. We went for the gentle approach and slowly weaned ourselves from the room. We sat on the floor, patted backs or just held hands and would slowly lessen the contact over time. No lights, no talking, no interaction. I admit it does take time, patience and dedication, but to us it was SO worth it. Neither of the boys cried at night ever and they are both now fantastic sleepers! And very happy, sweet little guys during the day. They actually ask to go to bed when they are tired!! If you want your child to learn how to go to bed without crying it absolutely can be done.

Kassanrdra - posted on 02/15/2009




Yes..I Got That Book When My Daughter Was About 1 And I Wanted To Start Her On A Schedule That Book Was GREAT!! It Worked GREAT For My Daughter And I It Took About A Week For Her To Really Start Responding But Since She Was 1 She Has Had A Bedtime Of 830pm And At 4yrs Old She Now Knows When It's 830pm It's Up To Bed No Complaints...Soo I Would Def Recommend It Hope That Helps :)

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I read it. It had some really good ideas and I would say it was a good book, but I found it was lacking in a real 'solution'. It was kinda like, here's a bunch of ideas, pick which ones work for you, and I found I needed more direction. She listed her ideas but didn't explain how to make them work and I found myself lost. I still think it's good to read though, good info on baby's sleep. Realistically, I don't think there's such thing as no crying when it comes to sleep: it's ok to cry, as long as they're not left to cry. Try the Baby Whisperer (Tracey Hogg), she is much more specific on how to implement a plan to get your child to sleep better.

Hope that helps!

Courtney - posted on 02/15/2009




I didn't do the no cry method, that just wouldn't work on my son. After a few months he didn't even like to be rocked to sleep, so we just put him in his crib and about 5-10 minutes of fussing or messing around in his crib and he's out. We never let him go more than 20 minutes though. That was just what has worked for him, he fusses if you try to rock him, and if your in his room then he's mad mad mad. You just have to try and find out what works for you.

Megan - posted on 02/12/2009




I swaddeled my daughter until she was at least 6 months.  She just responded so well to it.  One day I just decided to try it and she didn't go right off to sleep like she normally did but she jibber jabbered in her crib for about 10 minutes and then went to sleep.  I was shocked.  The trick is to do it before they can stand or even sit up.  You have a whole nother set of problems at that point.  One thing at a time is all I can handle.

Sarah - posted on 02/11/2009




Thanks for your input ladies.  My daughter started sleeping through the night around 2 months, we swaddled and are now trying to break that habbit and it is proving difficult.  Since sleep was never an issue before, it feels like I am starting over.

Rebecca - posted on 02/11/2009




All babies are different - its a matter of trying different things and sticking with what works. Our son who is almost eight months sleeps right through and has done so since eight weeks of age (yes we are very lucky). We have him on the routines suggested by Tizzie Hall who wrote "Save our sleep" and he responds very well to it - sleeping anywhere and when we ask him to (most of the time). As a result of him sleeping well he is a happy content little bub and we get comments all the time about how much he smiles!!

Good luck with what ever you choose :)

Jessica - posted on 02/11/2009




I did a version of the "no cry method" with my daughter. She slept with us until I was done breastfeeding which was at about 15 months. About a week after she was used to not breast-feeding anymore, I had her start sleeping in her crib at night. It took some dedication on my part but I was determined to have her not cry over it! I sat next to her crib on the floor and put my hand through the crib bars on her back. I didn't say anything to her, just kept my hand on her back. Pretty soon she drifted off because she knew I was right there. The first several nights (about 8 or 9 nights) she would wake up in the middle of the night calling for me (but not crying). I would go into her room and repeat the process of my hand on her back but staying low to the ground, out of sight. I'll admit, I was tired a couple of days. I actually fell asleep on her floor a couple of nights waiting for her to fall asleep (I had a pillow and blanket in there just in case)...but it was worth it! She's almost 3 now and has rarely woken up in the middle of the night since...only when she's sick. Good luck with whatever you end up doing! :-)

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