- Greyson is 12 weeks old
- He sleeps 11-12 hours every night without waking up
- He takes 2-3 naps during the day
- He’s rested, happy and thriving
I feel rested. Relieved. But mostly thankful that my household is getting the sleep it needs. I shared how we sleep trained my toddler Reese when she was nearly three months and to this day at almost three years old she sleeps well at night and still takes an afternoon nap (although I hear that goes away around age three). Anyway, with Reese, the sleep training was difficult. To put bluntly, it sucked. But looking back I can confidently say it’s been worth the three years of amazing sleep my family has gotten.
Sleep training child No. 2:
We realized it was time to sleep train Greyson after a week of only short 10 min cat naps...having previous weeks of great sleep. My normally happy, easy going baby was so tired and I felt awful for him. Not to mention I was exhausted from the holding, rocking, nursing, baby wearing, trying to get him to sleep and stay asleep. But I didn’t mind all of this because as long as he was in my arms he was happy. What I minded was that my nearly three year old daughter was in desperate need of my attention and was acting out in any way she could to try to get it. She was anything but happy. It was physically, emotionally and mentally taxing. I knew it was time to get Greyson sleeping.
What we did:
So we brought in the big guns and worked with Vivian Sonnenberg, an infant sleep consultant who had helped us get Reese sleeping. She’s amazing! Her style is firm but ever so kind. She’s been working with babies for more than 20 years and knows what she’s talking about. I already knew her techniques but I needed the support and her years of knowledge behind me to give me the confidence to do this all over again. Plus as we know, all babies are different and she’s been great at helping me troubleshoot any and all hiccups.
I feel comfortable with her techniques because it’s not a full-on let your baby cry it out (CIO) but more of a limited CIO that provided Greyson just enough time to allow himself to self soothe. I feel lucky that Greyson didn’t cry much at all throughout this ‘training’ period. He’s been sleeping consistently through the nights and taking naps. Gone are the nights where it would take me sometimes 1-2 hours to get to bed.
The strategies in Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy child are somewhat similar to the strategy I’m using with Greyson but I definitely didn’t let him cry as long as the book suggests.
I’m glad my husband and I decided to move forward formal sleep training. I know it’s in the best interest of everyone in our family and I am already seeing the results. My baby is happy. My toddler is happy. My husband and I are happy. And we are all well rested.
I understand that sleep training is not for everyone. I am just here to share my experience and the awesome results!