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Friday, June 13, 2014

Operation: Sleepy Baby...The Ferber Method

As I've been reporting in my weekly Baby James blog posts, he has NOT BEEN SLEEPING! He would get up several times per night and I would feed him...it was EXHAUSTING! I finally decided I needed to do something about it because coffee was no longer helping me survive the day. So I opened up my Baby 411 book:

This is where I first read about the Ferber Method. I was hesitant at first because I'm not a "let your baby cry it out" kind of person. As I read more about it, I felt more comfortable about trying it out.

Here are the basics:
  1. Don't let your baby fall asleep by feeding, rocking, or being stroked (which we don't do anyway).
  2. Have a sleep routine (which we do).
  3. Baby should sleep in the same place for naps and bedtime (which we do 90% of the time).
  4. Avoid sleep crutches (i.e. pacifiers)...James has no crutches.
  5. Put your baby down relaxed but not asleep (another check).
  6. PROGRESSIVE WAITING (the part I put into action)...

Night #1- perfect example of progressive waiting. This night was rough:

-Put J in bed at 9:20, he woke up at 11:45.

-I went into his room, DID NOT PICK HIM UP, but spoke quietly to him, patted his butt (which he likes), and rubbed his back FOR ONLY 1 MINUTE...if you know me well, you'll know that I literally had a stopwatch and timed myself for one minute....NERD ALERT!

-I then left the room and waited 3 minutes. He cried the whole time. I then did 1 minute of attention as described above.

-I repeated the process but each time I increased the waiting period. I went from 3 minutes to 5 minutes then 10 and 20 minutes.

-J cried between each attention period until he FINALLY fell asleep 1 hour later.

-He woke up again around 4:15 so I fed him and changed his diaper.

Night #2- bed at 9:10, woke at 1:25,  did the progressive waiting process which only took 10 minutes this night to get him to fall back asleep. He woke at 4:20 for diaper and food.

Night #3- bed at 9:05, woke at 1:15, took about 15 minutes of progressive waiting to fall back asleep; woke at 3:50 for diaper and food.

Night #4- the first GLORIOUS night. Bed at 9:00, woke at 4:15!!!! For those counting, that's 7 hours and 15 minutes of sleep without eating! (I did wake up at 2 a.m. to pump)

Night #5- bed at 9:25, woke at 5:45!!!! 8 hours and 20 minutes of sleep without eating! (again, I pumped at 2 a.m.)

Although that first night was rough, the next two were tolerable and the last two were amazing! Hopefully this "fixed" James' sleeping problem! If only I had known I was enabling him by feeding him every time he woke up! He's only 6 months and I'm already enabling! AHHH!

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