- 7 years ago
So I don’t want to get into a huge debate over the CIO topic. I’m sure there are MANY posts on here discussing the pros and cons. Just know that I am resorting to the CIO attempt out of sheer desperation. I never thought I’d try it, but my daughter is now 8 months old and still wakes at least 10 times every night (she also only takes 2, 20-minute naps a day, if I’m lucky.) Anyway, I’m exhausted and am concerned SHE isn’t getting the rest she needs either. (She has no problem falling asleep..while nursing…at bedtime. It’s KEEPING her down during the night that’s the problem.)
So I’m gonna try the CIO method. I know there are varying degrees of CIO, but I think going in and comforting my daughter at various intervals will only upset her more. So I’m thinking about going cold turkey. No more multiple trips to her room to nurse her back to sleep. (She’s EBF, and uses a paci.)
That being said, I’m terrified of the process. Hearing her cry is heartbreaking and I know she can scream for a good hour without fail. (She’s done so in the car, plenty of times.) In fact, that’s just her warm up. Crazy stamina on my kiddo.
Can anyone who has tried CIO tell me if it worked for them? Or didn’t for that matter? How long did you do it? At what age? I just need a few words of advice before I (gulp!) do this.
And again, please no huge debate on the CIO method. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions on parenting. I haven’t been flippant in this decision. I’ve read a lot and have come to this conclusion for my own family. I’d just like to hear from some parents who have actually been there.