Sleep, snooze, slumber, shuteye, logging the zzzz’s. However you say it, I’m not getting it. I love talking with other women about new mommy things and when they tell me their child has been sleeping through the night for a few months, I enthusiastically say, “that’s so great” but secretly want to inflict a decent amount of pain. I really can’t be upset about it though. We’ve done it to ourselves.
Sleep training was something I heard about but never thought I really needed. Come to find out, we were the ones that were being sleep trained, not our daughter. Our “oh crap” moment was the night we put her down and walked out. We grabbed the monitor and watched her roll over, start crying and then looked at the door. She did this, repeatedly until we would go in, pop her pacifier back in for her and put her back in her original sleep position. It was a merry-go-round. Flip, cry, watch, paci, rinse and repeat. We talked to daycare and they assured us she wasn’t doing this at school. We were being bamboozled by a seven-month old.
Just this week we started to sleep train our daughter as the frequency of this vicious cycle was getting out of hand. There are many ways to sleep train, but after talking to other mommies and looking online, the “cry it out” method seemed to be the most effective. So we did it. We put her in the crib, turned on her music, threw about four pacifiers in the crib and walked out, not to return until the morning.
Holy crap. They should rename it from “cry it out” to “tear mommy’s heart out”. It was awful and to be honest, I couldn’t make it the first night – I went in and swooped her up after 30 minutes.
That being said, we knew consistency was important, so we’ve stuck to it. We are now a few nights into the sleep training and it’s true – every night has gotten better. She’s been able to self soothe by either sucking on her hand or locating one of the pacifiers. The amount of time she’s cried has gotten less and less and now in the morning I have to wake her up to get her ready for the day.
I’m hopeful that by the weekend, I will sleep through the night, as by that point my daughter will sleep train us again; however this time to stay in bed and enjoy s good night’s sleep. What experiences do you have with sleep training? What’s worked best for your sanity?