Is crying it out really the only option for us?:(

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Have you tried a sleep suit?  One of my friends had a similar problem (was also co-sleeping) and this worked like magic for them!

http://www.magicsleepsuit.com/

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you are not ready for CIO, then it is not an option for you as a couple.  You BOTH have to be on board.

I have seen some good ideas on this blog:  http://www.troublesometots.com/

We have had some issues with the whole 9 month sleep regression, then a cold, and an ear infection, so I’m hoping her restlessness sorts itself out in time.  She did at least sleep through the night at one point though, so I know she knows how!

Wish I had some more concrete advice, but what works for us might not work for you 🙁

You may also want to look into sleep consultations or baby sleep trainers in your area!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@DaneLady:  Is there a cause for the “9 month sleep regression”? I’ve also heard people say their babies go through one at 4 months. Our girl has been an 11-12 hour per night sleeper since 6 weeks old and I’m wondering why she had no regressions. I hear about sleep regressions all the time online but not in my house or with my mom friends, its so weird!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m not a parent yet, but I’ve read that all recent studies show that the cry it out method should not be recommended anymore. I bought the book: The No Cry Sleep Solution, that helps parents find different ways to get your child to get into a sleep routine. Why not order it?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrsluckywife:  By ”picking her up” you mean the pick up/put down method by Tracy Hogg?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Mrsluckywife:  That definitely makes sense. Have you heard of the “No Cry Sleep Solution”? I’ve never read it so I’m not sure what it entails but a girlfriend of mine had success with it.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Ballet513:  We had a small regression around 4 months, and again around 6ish months, but those usually resolved within a week or so.  And they’re always peppered in between growth spurts!  Argh.

I have also heard that the sleep issues usually pop up right around big developmental milestones.  The worst by far was when she started crawling and pulling herself to a standing position, because of course she learned to stand up before she learned to sit down :/  She has since figured it out, but it was a loooooong week before she got the hang of it.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@DaneLady:  I agree. You have to both be comfortable with it for the CIO to work, otherwise you’ll put yourself and baby through hell, only to give it up a few days later, and then all baby learned is that sometimes she’s left to cry alone, sometimes you’ll come.

I did pick up/put down, it worked and the second night I was beginning to see results, I was doing it for naps and nights.

I did read the “no-cry sleep solution”, unfortunately it did not help me, as I had already tried everyhting I could in this book. But maybe you did not, so it could work for you.

Extensively, everything that helped for us is : blacked out windows, a white noise, a consistent bedtime and routine, and LOTS of patience. You will get through this! Hold on tight dear.

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