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Last Updated on April 12, 2021

 

Like every sleep deprived new mom, I fantasize about the days I used to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night.  Last night, the Little (and I) slept 4 hours straight and I seriously woke up with more vim than I've felt in the last 2 months since teething hell began. I'm seriously being to wonder if a baby sleeping through the night is a myth.

 

Like every sleep deprived new mom, I fantasize about the days I used to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night.  Last night, the Little (and I) slept 4 hours straight and I seriously woke up with more vim than I’ve felt in the last 2 months since teething hell began. I’m seriously being to wonder if a baby sleeping through the night is a myth.

It seems like every  sleep guru is going to give you the advice that setting a schedule is the way to get your babe to sleep but then they throw in the cravat that you need to stay flexible.   This, of course, doesn’t help your sleep deprived self and you start thinking that a shot of whiskey on the gums doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

So far I’ve read the “No Cry Sleep Solution” and I’m not loving it.  It’s very baby lead, which is fine, but I’m looking for something with a little more structure but not the cry it out method.

The Little’s doctor recommended two books:  “Good Night, Sleep Tight” and “The Sleep Easy Solution“.    I’ll be honest and tell you that I have not picked them up.  I need to do it.  Sleep training is not for wussies.  It requires a lot of extra energy and effort that will require more caffeine which I’m sure as a breastfeeding mom, he’s ingesting, and is probably not helping my problem any.

I have however started putting him down for naps in his crib and for the first leg of sleep during the night. One unexpected issue I ran into was when I got into bed without him,  it takes me a good 2 hours to stop fretting and finally go to sleep.  He usually will only sleep for 2 hours at a stretch so I fall asleep just as he wakes up (FUN).  It’s just not easy any way I go about it.  I do want to share some helpful links on baby sleep training:

31 Ways to Get Your Baby to Sleep and Stay Asleep

A Guide to Your Baby’s Sleep and Napping

Baby Sleep Guide

What worked for you? I’d love to hear of a site or book or great mama advice on this.

 

Lawrence Michaels

Thursday 5th of July 2012

Every baby is different when it comes to sleeping at night. I was a good sleeper when I was young, only waking up about once a night, at least that's what I'm told. My sister on the other hand was a stubborn pain and would wake up many times every night, assuming you could get her to sleep in the first place.

Anne - Mommy Has to Work

Tuesday 12th of June 2012

I was that mom that slept with baby in bed. We did sleep pretty good though!

Courtney

Saturday 9th of June 2012

I'm not sure how sweet baby will sleep, but hopefully she does it haha :)

Bejelly

Tuesday 12th of June 2012

I hope so too :)

MomStart (Ashley)

Saturday 9th of June 2012

I know EVERYONE says it, but it does get better... and sounds like it already has! Good for you! I know how good it feels to get real sleep.

TerriAnn @ Cookies and Clogs

Monday 16th of April 2012

Sorry, we were a 'cry to sleep' family. We'd only let her cry for 10-15 min max and that quickly dwindled. We also didn't pick up right away when she cried during the day either. As with anything, we used it as a training tool early on and she slept through the night pretty quickly. If the child cries longer than 20 min or so then it can be dangerous and something else might be wrong. We also put her in the next room so we could sleep soundly and her little movements didn't rattle us. She's a happy and sound sleeper now :)

Bejelly

Monday 30th of April 2012

Thanks for sharing TerriAnn. It was a rough couple of days at first but now the Little sleeps like a champ. I seriously don't think I could have made it with the sleep schedule he was on before we started sleep training him.