So for some reason, my daughter decided that waking up at 4:30 in the morning to play was a great idea and did this for a few days. Since she turned 5 months old, she had been waking up in the middle of the night and we weren’t sure why. So Alan and I decided that this needed to stop – it was making us exhausted in the morning! I’ve always been a little afraid of Cry It Out (CIO) methods just because I didn’t think I could handle listening to my baby cry. And I tried it for nap times when she was 4 months old to help her not need to be swaddled and that didn’t seem to be working.
But I thought I would give it another try. She’s older and seems like she would be able to handle it a little better. She’s also been super sleepy around 8:00pm rather than 10pm so it just seemed like a good time to start.
So Friday night we started a new routine. Fed her solids for dinner, nursed her, gave her a bath, had some relaxation time (just sat with us on the couch to wind down), nursed her one more time, only wrapped her legs with a blanket (I don’t want her to get cold and she usually pulls blankets over her face, so this way the blanket would stay around her body), sang her a few songs, and set her in her bed. Amazingly she went right to sleep! We were so excited!
And then 4:30am came and she woke up. So we tried the Ferber method which we found on Baby Center. So I walked in, talked to her, patted her belly to soothe her, and walked out. We waited 3 minutes and did it again, then 5 minutes, then 7 minutes, and she was still crying. So Alan and I decided that we needed to distract ourselves since we weren’t able to sleep. So we got up and played Mario Kart on the Wii. It’s a great distraction. 😉 She ended up crying for an hour and a half! But finally went to sleep. That next morning we were exhausted, but were glad she finally went to sleep.
Saturday night we were ready to try again. She woke up at 4:30am, but this time it only took 10 minutes to go back to sleep! Yes! And she even slept until 8:15am when I had to wake her up to get ready for church.
Sunday night (last night) she woke up at 5:30 and I only had to go in there once and she went back to sleep. It would have been a great night of sleep except for a crazy storm that kept us up until 1 in the morning!
Her naps have just fallen into place too. I wait until she looks pretty tired, wrap her body only with the blanket (arms out), sing her a song, and set her in bed. In about 5 minutes she’s asleep and stays that way for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
So the Ferber (CIO) Method has worked great for us! And I finally don’t need to swaddle my baby anymore! For our daughter it was waiting until she was ready. I tried at 4 months which was just too early for her. So we tried again at 5 1/2 months and this time she was ready. She’s going to bed much earlier and sleeping much better now. And we don’t have to stay up with her for an hour at 4:30 in the morning! I’m hoping tonight she sleeps all the way through the night again. I’m amazed at how fast she learned! The CIO methods are not for everyone. Some people like them and some don’t. Some babies respond quickly and others don’t. As a parent you know what’s best for your child. You can read what other people had to say about CIO methods at Baby Center.
How do you feel about Cry It Out Methods?