As I sit here typing this post my baby is crying. He’s been crying on and off now for the past 10 minutes. Why don’t I comfort him? For his own good, for the sanity of the wife and I and because sometimes you have to do something you don’t enjoy for the greater good.
LB is 9 months old. He still needs to be held to go to sleep and he still wakes multiple times in the night.
That’s not good for him, it’s not good for us and it’s not good for BB.
If you don’t know what Controlled Crying is, here’s a rundown of this pretty controversial technique:
The controlled crying approach involves putting your baby to bed awake, and the parent leaving the room for a short period,returning if the baby is crying, but leaving again for progressively longer periods until the baby falls asleep. This approach suits those who believe babies need routines and boundaries. It is not a baby sleep training technique that should be used for babies under 6 months old and is not suitable for babies who are suffering with separation anxiety.
With BB we used the ‘Control Crying’ technique and although it was hard, it worked and until we moved him to a cot bed, he slept great and 99% went to sleep with no problems.
So here we are again. Listening to tears being shed and eyes being reddened, but I know that if this works as it did before, then it will all be worth it.
Unsurprising it’s again me that seems to have the bigger issue with this technique. I hate listening to him cry and simply sitting here staring at a stop watch.
Night 1 went great.
After only going on once, LB settled himself down great and he only woke once.
When it came to nap time the next day, it didn’t go so well. After an hour of using the technique, we abandoned all hope and he didn’t have a nap until later that day….while cuddling daddy!
So here we are on night 2. Again after going in just once, he has settled fine. Lets hope he has a good nights sleep again.
Using this technique is not for the faint of heart, but I know that it can work if we stick with it and I just need to deal with feeling like a shitty daddy leaving his baby boy to cry.
Have you used this technique?
Did it work?
Let me know your opinion on this or any other ‘Sleep Training’ techniques you have used.
As always, thanks for reading.