So this weekend starts our sleep training for C. He’s been a great sleeper since he was born. He slept through the night the first night he came home! Awesome right?!? Nothing like his older brother JD, who didn’t sleep through the night until he was 2 years old. Talk about a tired mommy and daddy. When C doesn’t sleep or eat well I know something has to be wrong – maybe ear infection or new tooth.
When we went to Utah and stayed in our condo is where I think started us on the journey to creating a problem. While there C would wake in the night, probably due to not knowing where he was or even better a strange room and not in his crib. When he would wake I would immediately (I know- bad mom) go and get him. He and JD on vacation shared a room and therefore I did not want him to wake his brother. For the entire week when he woke he would lay with mommy on the couch until at least 5-5:30 each morning.
This has continued until now, partly because 1- he has been sick 2- I HATE having him cry when I know he’s not feeling well. Bad mommy I know, but who can have their little one who is coughing, snotty nose, and mild fever, cry it out…..not this sucker (momma). Now that he has been on medicine for his ear infection, got past most of the viral pneumonia couch, and got his final tooth until he’s two, it’s time for mommy to work on getting him back on track.
We have a good bed time schedule set for the boys – after dinner and homework we have play time which allows the boys to run around and get out the last little bit of energy before its time for their baths, quite book time and then bed. C likes to be read to while rocking and listening to soothing classical music or lullabies. C goes down with no problem for us but it’s in 2-3 hours of his falling asleep that he wakes. My nights have consisted of multiple waking to changing diapers, getting drinks and laying with him in our guest bed as I too have been sick and overly tired due to our nightly waking schedule.
Say a prayer for our home this weekend as we might have a few tired ones on Monday but I know in the end we will be able to do this and get everyone some much needed sleep!
Are you going through the same – here are a few resources I found to be useful. Enjoy!
Sleep Training – Parenting.com
Age-by-Age Sleep Training Guide – Parenting.com
7 Books explaining the most common sleep training methods – Family Education