Sleep Easy Solution

I have been trying to sleep train Owen.  He’s almost 9 months and up until now he’s been up every 2-3 hours wanting to feed/soothe.  My body is tired.  Life has been busy and stressful the past few months, so add onto that a baby that wakes you up every couple hours and you’ve got one tired mama.  It also doesn’t help that I’m a person that takes FOREVER to fall asleep.  Every time Owen wakes up it takes me another 1/2 hour to fall asleep again!

So thus I finally decided that he needs to break that little habit he has and make it at least one 5-6 hour stretch at night for now.

He goes to sleep like a gem.   I lay him in his crib and if he does cry it’s only for 5 minutes or less and then he’s out.  Same with naps.  His weak area is the middle of the night.  I’ve been following the Sleep Easy Solution where I go in to reassure him when he’s crying at 5 minutes, 10 minutes and then 15 minutes for the rest of the time till he falls asleep.  It’s worked at times, and other times it just seems like he complains off and on for an hour.

The method says that if he is crying and then quiet, crying and then quiet to just leave him be, because he’s in the middle of putting himself to sleep again…but my goodness this goes on for what seems forever sometimes!  Like tonight…here I sit at 3:00 in the morning…I thought he was finally alseep, but alas I hear him again.

The hard part is when (like tonight) he wakes up an hour before I need to feed him.  The Sleep Easy Solution says that I should put him to sleep using the interval method (5 min, 10 min, 15 min check-ins) and then pick him up and feed him at the right time (3:30) after he’s back asleep.  I guess it’s so he learns that just because he’s awake and wanting to be up/fed/soothed, doesn’t mean it’s time for that.  It says that if you cut out the unnecessary waking’s he will learn to switch that feeding to the day time…so he’ll eat more during the day and sleep longer at night.  That is what I want.  I don’t want him to be not fed (I’m still doing supply and demand)…I want him to learn to feed during the day and less at night.

I think it sounds mean, but when you’ve spent 9 months getting no/little sleep you can endure a little crying if it means you may actually get longer than 1 1/2 hour periods of rest in the night eventually.  And I think those that say I should get him up when he cries because if he says he’s hungry, he’s “hungry”…does not have a baby that wakes so frequently.  He’s 9 months…he should be able to last longer than 2 hours in the night…and I think it’s my job to show him that…because as much as I need the sleep, he does as well.

I don’t believe babies this young are actively “manipulating” you…but I do believe they form habits.  Owen is waking out of habit now, and both he and I really need to break that so we can be a well rested team.

As I write this I’m about to go down and get him up to feed him…he’s finally drifted off…and I’m hungry now too, lol.

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