- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2010
My son slept through the night before he was 2 months old, with just one waking to eat. I was so lucky!!
When he was about to turn 3 months, he had a growth spurt, which had him wake up more often to eat. He turns 4 months tomorrow and he seems to have never recovered from it.
He is able to go to sleep by himself – at night, I give him a bath, then feed, then put him in his crib awake/drowsy and he goes to sleep; for naps, I play softly, rock him and then put him down awake/drowsy. He can fall asleep, but can’t seem to fall back asleep on his own after a sleep cycle.
That means, now, at night, he wakes up 2-3 times instead of one, and he almost never naps more than 1 hour at a time unless exhausted.
Upon someone’s warm recommendation, we tried a gentle form of CIO method, which seemed to work – for like, 5 days. And then we’re back to square one, except Little E is more persistent in his cries, he’s also louder, and seems to panic when we try to put him back down (especially in the case of naps).
We need to get him to fall asleep again, on his own and develop good sleep habits and positive associations. I’m thinking of trying something gentler than CIO, for him and for me.
I often hear of people trying non-CIO before and CIO when nothing else worked… Has anyone ever tried CIO first, have it not work for them and then try gentler methods? Did it work for your child? What did it for you?
We have all the routines and stuff figured out, as I said, he can go to sleep, but wakes up too early from naps and can’t go back. Little E is a very curious little baby, he doesn’t want to miss anything – hence doesn’t like sleeping.