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4 Responses to “If you’re a parent with sleeping problems”
Wow, completely the opposite experience here. We found that a structured and regular routine was astonishingly good in getting our Daughter to sleep well. The book “The Contented Little Baby” was highly effective. It defines times to eat, sleep, wakeup and everything.
She still woke up a bit more frequently but letting her cry it out for a few times solved that. Our daughter has been sleeping right through the night ever since.
We worked on the following checklist. Is the baby fed, dry and warm? If the answer was yes to those we left them to cry. Fortunately they only tried it a few times and started sleepign through the night from 6-8 weeks old. Worked OK.
I look at it this way: If the baby cries and you let it cry, you get no sleep. If you comfort the baby, you get no sleep. The baby is going to take your attention either way, so you may as well pick it up and sing it old Bowie songs in the hope that might shut it up.
Kelsey and Brian – fantastic that it worked for you. It doesn’t doe everyone and not everyone feels comfortable with leaving babies to cry etc.
Also, I think you’ll find there is still structure wit the Dream Parenting approach – it isn’t totally baby-led like some techniques. If anything it seems to be a middle ground between Cry it Out and Attachment Parenting.