how long was the crying when CIO first used?
- 05-23-2010, 10:26 AM #17
zac, i agree with you. that's why i said, "to me" and "for me" and things like that....
it is a VERY personal decision. and YES, i did have issues with kids waking up. only in the past 4 months have i been able to sleep through the night and as i said, my kids are 3 & 5 YEARS, not months, old.
the way i looked at it was that it was a short (ish) period of time in my life and FOR ME, i did not want small babies to CIO. FOR ME, anything younger than 1 year was too young.
- 05-23-2010, 03:33 PM #18Registered User
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I started when my baby was 3/4 months but focused on the daytime nap first before nighttime. I followed the Gina Ford method, and her view is that a good daytime sleep pattern usually improves nighttime sleep. My baby's lunchtime nap was 2.5 hours, and I let him cry for as long as 1.5 hour for a few days. After 1.5 hour, instead of trying to put him to sleep, I just opened the curtain and keep the day going. Then I let him take a quick nap in the afternoon so that he wouldn't get overtired by bedtime.
Within less than one week, my baby slept very well during both lunchtime nap and nighttime. He can fall asleep by himself and resettle himself back to sleep easily without any help. He did wake up in the middle of night twice when he was 7M but I just let him cry on and off for one hour as I was sure that he wasn't sick or hungry. He's 8M now and sleeping 12+ hours straight in the evening and 2-3 hours during the day all by himself and is a very healthy baby!
CIO is a very personal decision but you definitely have to make sure that your baby isn't hungry or sick when you try to implement it. It was hard for me to hear him cry but I do believe that teaching my baby to learn to fall asleep by himself and resettle is something good for him and the whole family!
- 05-23-2010, 06:40 PM #19Registered User
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I completely agree - a happy mum means a happy baby. You have to do what works for you both.
- 05-24-2010, 08:55 AM #20Registered User
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My almost 12 month old is a better sleeper now. It's partly thanks to CIO and partly because he is older and can sleep for a longer stretch.
We did CIO when he was 7 month. We were prepared that he would cry for one hour at the most. But in the first two nights, he cried for about twenty minutes and went to sleep. Checking on him did not work for us. He would just get more upset when he saw me.
He was a terrible sleeper before he was 5 month old. We would have to rock him for close to an hour just to get a 30 to 40 minutes nap from him. It was worse when he tried to fight sleep. He would arch and fuss when we try to rock him to sleep. He woke 3 to 4 times for feed in the night and he sometimes would not go back to sleep after feeding and just played by himself or looked around. When he played enough, he sometimes needed assistance like rocking and dummy to go back to sleep.
I think the best thing we've done for him is sleep training. He is still not a very good sleeper but he has improved a lot.
I was very apprehensive about starting CIO. I got lots support from Mums in this forum and I found this thread from baby center very useful.
How to SUCCESSFULLY teach a baby to sleep - 3rd ed. - Teaching Your Baby & Toddler To Sleep - BabyCenter.
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