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Self-soothing skills

After sleeptraining our 14 month old daughter about 1.5 months ago, I found myself falling back to my old ways. I used to be able to resist going to her whenever she cried out at night and she would go back to sleep in less than 10 minutes. Lately she started teething and I felt bad for her so I would go in and nurse her. This has resulted in her waking up more than 2 times a night in the last week and has made me even more exhausted.

Tonight, after nursing her to drowsiness, I put her in the crib and she, of course, wailed her loudest wail. But only for a minute or two. Here is the sequence if events that followed.

Sits down, plays with the Leap Frog Puppy Violet. Presses buttons to make it play music and doesthe hand actions to them.

Grabs blanket, fixes it and lays on it. Tries to sleep. Fidgets.

Sits back up, pulls laundry out from hamper (beside the crib) through the crib rails. Plays with the clothes. Pulls her sleeves over her hands. Pushes hands out of sleeves as if she was performing a magic trick.

Grabs Violet, plays some more music. Lies down and tries to go to sleep.

About 12 minutes elapsed and she is finally asleep. I came back from Z’s room and checked on her on the monitor to find her crib a mess.

Laundry. Blanket. Her. Sippy cup. Puppy Violet.

The entire time she was quiet. Thank goodness.

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Sleep Training Night #4

I never thought it would be so easy and relatively painless to sleep train Violet. She is still under 1 year and maybe that is why its a little easier. Even though she can stand, I think she is tired enough to just lay down the entire time. So here is how I did it.

I started implementing a bedtime routine. After changing into her pjs, I read a book to her. It has been the same book – Who Likes Goodnight Kisses by Barney Salzberg. I figured the consistency will help with the routine. With the dim light on, I nurse her until she is drowsy but not asleep. Then I pop her off the breast and turn off the light. I hold her for a minute or two, rocking her to keep her calm, and then put her in the crib. The 2nd night, she cried for 10 minutes and after I picked her up, calmed her down, and put her back in the crib, she cried for less than 5 minutes.

The 3rd night and tonight, she didn’t even cry. And last night was the very first night she stayed in her crib until the morning. She woke up crying 4 times and each time, I nursed her and put her back in the crib. She just went right back to sleep. V had almost 12 hours of sleep – that may explain why she only had two 30-minute naps today.

For what it’s worth, I am happy I initiated the ST since I was really dreading all the crying and screaming. I am even more glad that it worked out so well. The next thing we need to fix is her naps – in the crib, and not in the wrap!

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