Since 6 months old Harper has been sleeping in our bed (btw something I said I would never allow!). Between the constant ear infections, colds, teething, so on and so on, putting her in the bed with us, was the only way we were going to get any sleep. The last few weeks, she’s been having night terrors, and constant restlessness during the night, so we are no longer sleeping at all.
So I’ve decided it’s time to make the transition from our bed to her crib. When you Google “toddler sleep training” it’s overwhelming the number and types of responses you find. 5.5 million results actually, from mommy blogs (like this one), to MD websites, to parents.com. I am going to try a way that I think will work best for me and for her. (P.s. every child is different so my way may not work for you and yours) Last night was night 1 and here’s how it went down:
730ish to 8ish–she had been playing for a while, started getting fussy and rubbing her eyes. I took her into her room, turned the lights off, and sound machine on (I don’t really know if this works or not but here’s the link to the one I have Munchkin Nursery Projector ) We rocked and I prayed, and prayed, and prayed until she started falling asleep in my arms. I stood up and she stirred, so I held her until she fell asleep, then I put her in her crib. She woke up, so I patted her back and she fell asleep. This took several rounds of me patting her back, then her waking up when she realized my hand was off of her. As I walked out of the room, she stood up in her crib and was crying. I decided I was going to continue walking out, get myself ready for bed and if she was still crying, I would go back in.
810–She was still crying after about 10 min. I went back into her room, and rocked her, and prayed, and prayed, and prayed, until she was asleep. This time when I laid her in her crib, she didn’t wake back up.
820–Mama has a glass of wine and chocolate (I strongly recommend both while sleep training)
1100–She wakes up crying in her crib. I go back into her room, rock her until she falls back asleep and back in the crib she went.
She slept from 11 to 4am y’all!! I couldn’t believe it! When she woke up at 4 I just put her in the bed with us since the alarm was going off in an hour anyway. It was amazing!! Never underestimate the power of prayer! Only God got that baby girl to sleep that long in her crib and restored me after a night of sleep! I’m praying the rest of the week goes just as well. My goal is that she will be able to get herself to sleep when I put her in her crib, but for now I’ll take the 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep!!