- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Dirty Delete is now 6 1/2 months old, and it’s time for her to realize she’s not a baby anymore and needs to start acting like an adult. This means starting solid foods, moving into a crib in her own room, and SLEEP TRAINING!
I’ve done my research and decided that the Ferber method sounds like the right thing for us. Dirty Delete is already a pretty good sleeper, so I don’t anticipate this being too high a hill to climb … but she does tend to wake up a couple of times a night, and usually ends up in bed with us at some point, so Ferber should be just what we need to get her sleeping through the night on her own. Better to do it now than to wait til she’s older and the bad habits are more ingrained. I figured this weekend would be a good time to start, since I have Friday off and Darling Husband has Monday off, so we can both handle it if things go badly and not much sleep is achieved by the adults.
Trouble is, I didn’t have a chance to buy my Ferber book yet, because I didn’t realize we had a long weekend until like yesterday. I ordered it on Amazon (there are NOT enough hours in my day to get to a bookstore) but it won’t get here until next Tuesday, which means we’ll be Ferbering blind this weekend. It sounds simple enough to at least try out based on what I’ve read online, and then the book will be here shortly if things start going south … but since I will be bookless, I need tips from those who have done it before!
So … mamas who have done the Ferber method … any tips for me? Things I might want to know since I haven’t gotten to read the book yet? Stories of your successes and failures?
And since posts like this always attract a certain type of comment, let me just go ahead and pre-respond to some of the really obvious ones: “Did you know that there are other methods of sleep training that don’t involve any crying at all?” Yes I do, but I have done my research and decided that Ferber sounds like the best method for our family. “But here are links to yahoo articles showing that up to 100% of Ferberized babies will die someday!” That is very shocking, but once again, I have done my research and decided that this is the best method for our family. “Crying is cruel and you are a bad mother! I would never do this to my baby!” Thank you for the tip, but as I mentioned, research, blah blah blah, best thing for our family.
Cool, now that that’s out of the way, we can open the forum for some useful discussion 🙂 Guide me, mama bees!