Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sleep Training.

Oh the dreaded sleep training. We put it off for far to long, and we knew it. We had created so many bad habits, that were starting to bite us in the bum. 

When Trenton was first born we constantly held him, because who doesn't love a newborn snuggle. 
We held him during nap time, and all night until we were ready to go to bed, then we would transfer him to his crib.

He would wake up almost every night about 2:30am to eat, I would feed him and then hold him for another hour until he was fast asleep. Then I would put him into his bed again. Needless to say, this got old. Finally it got to the point that he would wake up the minute we put him down, and we were sleeping with him on the couch-while holding him in our arms. 


Well we knew something needed to change. We had "tried" sleep training before...kind of. But the poor baby would cry for hours on end, and this working momma couldn't take it any longer, so we stopped. My fault. 

At Trenton's 9 month appointment, Dr. Anderson asked how T's sleeping habits were. We explained our current situation, and he HIGHLY encouraged sleep training. So we went home and that night started on our journey. Because of T's current physical situation, Dr. A recommended starting with night time, and once he had that down adding in nap time.

It's now been 9 days, and I can happily report (knock on wood BIG time) that everything is going pretty well. He is getting better and better, and his crying is less and less. He has slept straight through the night 7/9 nights since the sleep training has begun....I can count on 1 hand how many times he had done this before we began!

We are now starting the talk about nap time....eek seriously DREADING this one!
Wish us luck!


Stacie Couch said...

I am so glad it is going well! It isn't fun but it is so worth it!

Cinderella, the A-Train and Our Little Caboose said...

You won't regret it! So glad it's working out, and you might be surprised how quickly nap time goes once he has the hang of night time!

Love you guys!

Patty said...

Nap time will go faster I bet. Good job sticking to your guns, Mom! You'll always be happy you did. And so will the little guy.