Post # 1
i am trying to keep my sanity/soothe a screaming baby.
he’s not hungry
he won’t take a paci
he doesn’t want to be rocked
i gave him ibp in case he is teething
he doesn’t want to sleep with us
he doesn’t like a night light
i’ve tried “crying it out” but i feel like a mean mommy
he doesn’t have an ear infection
he is obviously exhausted
the only way i can get him to sleep for a LITTLE WHILE is driving him around in the car and then carrying him up to his crib.
i don’t know what to do.
how long should i let him cry it out and soothe himself?
Post # 5
When my son was almost a year (he’s now 26) I worked wit him to get him to soothe himself to sleep.
We did the normal routine, bath and reading a book at bedtime. I put him in his crib and kissed him goodnight. He cried and after 5 minutes I went in his room stood at the crib but not close enough to pick him up and told him “Mama’s here, go to sleep”. I left his room. Again after 5 minutes (I set the timer) I did the same thing and for the next 45 as well. I never picked him up, I never got upset and never gave up. The purpose is to teach your child he can settle himself down to sleep and above all, you’ll never leave him. Yes, he cried and YES it was hard to hear but it worked and after that he was able to go to sleep on his own.
I wish you luck.
Post # 6
My son did not sleep through the night until he was a year old. To get him to go to sleep I would have to lay him in his crib or bassinet and lay my arm in with him so he could see me, smell me, and feel me. I let him fall asleep holding my hand basically while rubbing his back and after he finally went to sleep I would slowly and carefully replace my hand with a blanket. It was a long process and very trying but it allowed me to keep my sanity intact. I hope your baby goes to sleep soon.