Our Epic Sleep Training Journey!
So Charles is officially 10 months old and with turning 10 months means we are officially 5 months into our sleep training regimen.
When we first decided that we were going to take the plunge and sleep train him, not only were we both EXHAUSTED (he was waking up every hour), but he also wasn’t have any naps. He was miserable, Kevin was miserable and so was I! I was hesitant to begin, I hated the fact that he was going to be crying. But, one night Kevin said “tonight’s the night, get out your notes”, I had been researching methods and went with the sleep sense method (gentle version).
So we put him down around 7:30, he cried, not surprising. At this time we were still bed sharing and he was in his Snuggle Me Organic baby cushion. We laid beside him and basically sang to him, rubbed his tummy and soothed him without picking him up. After an hour he fell asleep for half an hour and he woke up again and started from square one - this time it only took him 25 mins to settle back down and fall asleep. He then slept until 7am the next morning!
Then we started on the nap schedule, which I had no idea even where to begin. I was told basically every 2-2.5 hours he should be down for a nap. Our schedule looked like this:
7am: wake up
8:30am: first nap
10:30am: wake up
12:30/1pm: second nap
2:30/3pm: wake up
5pm: third (quick) nap
5:45pm: wake up
This is what we worked with until Charles turned 8.5 months old. Now we push his first nap to 9:30am, pushed his second nap to 2 and cut out the third nap all together. He now is usually down to sleep around 6:30 and wakes around 6:30/7am.
Now, onto our regression. At around 8 months (Christmas time for us), Charles went through the worst sleep regression known to man. Okay, I’m exaggerating but it was bad. He was sleeping at night like a newborn again and not napping AT ALL. This lasted about 2.5 weeks and we were so tempted to call in a sleep training company but we powered through it. With Christmas chaos, New Years chaos and all of the over stimulation that brings he was also very overwhelmed. That’s when we cut out that third nap and it was like night and day. He was happy, Kevin was happy and I was also HAPPY!
I imagine that there will be lots of bumps in our sleep training road as the months move along but right now, I couldn’t be happier that we made the decision to be consistent.