Lina<3 my poor sleeping baby, as in your terrible sleeping habits and problems. You had not slept through the night ever and that meant neither have Daddy nor I, lol. A good night for you meant that you had slept three hours straight, awaken, fed, slept for another three hours. A terrible night meant that you were up every hour or less and needed constant comfort, pick up, and nurse, or that you would wake up and stay up for one to two hours at a time before going to back to sleep. An okay night meant that you slept for a couple of hours at a time, wake, nursed, and sleep. Mommy takes care of you all night long (if need be) and sometimes Daddy helps, (if he is not sleep deprived).
So Daddy and I are putting our feet down and putting a stop to your bad sleeping habits, a decision that will be implemented immediately! (So we hope). Of course, Mommy understands that she could be the one that enables your poor sleeping problems by constantly coming to your every whimper, eh noise, cry, or scream.
Now for the “crying it out” technique.
Night One (last night):
bedtime routine:: upstairs by 7:30pm, played on Mommy’s bed for 20 minutes, diaper changed, washed up or bath time, moisturized, changed into pajamas, combed and brushed hair, bottle of milk with cereal, burped, brushed gums and teeth with a wash rag, read Good Night, Moon.
In the crib while awake:: laid you down, said “Good night, and Mommy loves you and go to sleep now”, patted on back for a minute and left the room (even though you were crying or attempted to get up), waited one minute, went back to room, wiped your tears, laid you down again, said “Good night and Mommy loves you, it is okay, go to sleep now”, patted your back for another minute, left the room (although you were crying with loud screams, never heard that kind of crying before, so sad but still need to do this),waited two minutes, went back to room while you were standing staring at the door and crying, wiped your tears (lots of tears), laid you back down, said “Good night and Mommy loves you, it is okay, go to sleep now”, patted your back for another minute although it was hard because you were tossing and turning, and trying to get up, left the room again, waited four minutes, went back to room, wiped your tears, laid you down, said "“Good night and Mommy loves you, it is okay, go to sleep now”, patted your back for a minute….shhh almost asleep with eyes closed… left the room but the floor had creaked on my way out of the room and woke you up, the scream crying began tenfold. ahhh!! waited eight minutes, went back to room, wiped your tears, laid you down, said “Good night and Mommy loves you, it is okay, go to sleep now”, patted your back until you fell asleep…you slept for three hours straight, woke up, and would not go back to sleep again and started the crying it out technique again but this time it did not work well, and Daddy was trying to sleep, We gave up and brought you to bed with us… bad, we know! We are going to put you in your room this weekend, so it will be easier when you wake up in the middle of the night.