4 hours ago
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Cry It Out -Thoughts, Suggestions, Opinions?
Super cute jammies and bunny hat from Aunt Anna and Grandma Lulu. Love the hat!!
Daisy loved her auntie! Daisy can still have a bit of separation anxiety and is quite reserved around people she doesn't know (yes, it really can be an issue in children as young as Daisy) so I was so thankful that she warmed up to Anna as quickly as she did. We discovered how much Daisy likes red plastic cups while Anna was here and now we have a plastic cup devoted to Daisy so she can chew on it and play with it like a big girl:) lol
So, on to other things. I've mentioned on here before that Daisy is a very consistently inconsistent sleeper (lol). She goes to bed around 9 or 9:30 and then usually wakes up crying around 11...like full blown crying for her pacifier. She goes back to sleep with no problem and I don't have to soothe her or talk to her..just have to give her the pacifier. Then like clock work she starts waking up frequently from 1-4:30 AM. It varies but, she often will wake up crying furiously every 30-45 minutes or so and I continually go in and give her pacifier back and occasionally have to stroke her head (AHHHH, so anti Baby Wise, I know) and then she will fall back to sleep. Basically it is a long, rough night for me and has been for the past 4 months but, every so often Daisy will sleep straight through from 9:30 until 5 AM and I'm in heaven on those nights. I just wish she be more consistently a good sleeper. Some people seem to have a great experience with their babies just loving sleep from early on...Daisy is like her Daddy and fights it tooth and nail. I know everyone has very strong opinions about letting a baby cry it out or not. Daisy is only 4 months old (love to eat, as evidenced by her size) and it's hard for me to want to let her cry it out when I'm not yet sure when her wake up time should be to eat. I've tried giving Daisy a later night feeding to hold her over but, she still wakes up just as often so I don't think that will help things. Anyways, I'm not a fan of the crying it out thing to be honest....but, I totally respect that it has worked for so many families and I'm almost getting to the point that I'm going to have to go that route, because I'm SOOOO exhausted everyday and have no energy to do anything. It KILLS me to hear her screaming and she does cry much longer than 15 minutes at a time. She could easily scream for over an hour in her crib so this would be a super tough experience for me and for her at this point which is why I haven't tried it sooner. I would like to hear some different perspectives as to what has worked or not worked for you with your babies at night. Were they just great sleepers from the get go? Did you have to train them or did they eventually fall into a sleep pattern on their own over time? Are you a fan of the cry it out approach or do you find other methods work better?