A little over a week ago, I started “sleep training” Cambri. It had been a long eight months of this baby coming to our bed in the middle of the night, only to be continuously awakened by her need to be soothed back to sleep, either with her soother, being swaddled, or fed until it was finally time to get up for the day. Interrupted sleep sucks (for all of us) … something had to give.
Ten days later, it’s kind of hard to believe how easy the transition has been. We took away her soother, gave her a little blanket to snuggle with, and put her to bed (in her OWN bed). The first night she cried for 45 minutes, which was a little rough, then woke in the night around 3:30, essentially carrying on until 5 or so. After a feed, she finally went back to sleep. The next night was similar, but there was already much less crying before she settled.
By Sunday night (our third night of sleep training), she slept the entire night (6:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.) … this has continued all week. I have my evenings back, we no longer have company in our bed, and the baby has now figured out how to self-soothe. Win! Win! Win! 💕