A sleeping child is a very precious thing. They need sleep for to be healthy growing beings. They are, in my experience, so much happier with more sleep. Momma’s and Dadda’s are much happier when babies sleep as well. We haven’t had much sleep since Gauge was born, but in the last couple weeks things have been getting so much better. Our sleep solution turned out to be quite simple in the end.
I admit I didn’t fully read the No-Cry Sleep Solution book. I skimmed it and took some things away. In reality, things I already knew.
We thought about Gauge’s sleep. Where he sleeps and when. The rest was quite simple.
He sleeps more in his playpen. So why was I trying in his crib?
Despite the playpen being the living room where Hubby and I watch TV at night. That is where I would put him when he fell asleep in my arms until I went to bed. So one night he had his bottle, was sleepy but not sleeping. I put him in his playpen with his blanket and pacifier and let him be.
We laid him down a few times, but after a bit he went to sleep on his own. No CRYING!
The next day, I followed a similar pattern with his morning nap minus the bottle. He went to sleep on his own. No CRYING.
Our sleep solution was for him to go to sleep in his playpen, in the living room. And it works for us.
Look at your babies own sleep habit and modify it slightly such as we did.
Gauge is now sleeping so much better. He still stirs a bit a night, but I don’t have to get up with nearly as often. He is able self sooth. No more crying. After roughly two weeks he stopped waking up for a bottle in the middle of the night as well.
We’re all sleeping so much better now.
Not every night goes smoothly, sometimes he needs an extra cuddle. But in all honesty, I don’t mind because soon he won’t want to cuddle with his momma.
UPDATE: Gauge is now falling asleep on his own at naptime and at night. Oh the peace that comes from it. Oh the sleep that comes from this. He is sleeping either all the way through the night or able to sooth himself quickly.