Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Struggles with Night Night

So lately Tatton has been a stinker to get to bed. He's been teething bad lately. His schedule has been changing lately too which I think has thrown him off. He now sleeps in until about 8 and eats every 4 hrs. and goes to bed between 8 or 9 which is a great schedule. But it seems that it's always a battle to get him to go down for naps and at night he has his last feeding and falls asleep for the night that way. I've read the Baby Wise book which I love but I've never been able to put Tatton down in his crib and have him fall asleep on his own, and I wish I could. And the other struggle is that he does not take a binki at all, I've tried just about every brand. So on Monday for his first nap while reading a book he actually took a binki so we finished reading, sang him a song and put him in his crib still awake and he fell asleep all by himself with sucking on the binki and he continued to do this for every nap that day and at night. I was thrilled!! I thought I finally had it all figured out and that all he needed was a binki! But to my disappointment he has yet to do it again. I've tried to be consistant Tuesday and today doing the same thing but he has refused to take a binki so we're back to rocking him asleep before I can put him in his crib. If anyone has any suggestions I'd appreciate it!!!


Ashley said...

We just did the "tough love" approach with both our boys. We just wrap them up, put them down and let them cry themselves out for the first couple of naps and then they get the hang of it. It's hard at first to let them cry but now we can put Ethan down and most of the time he doesn't even cry, he just falls to sleep after looking around his room for a few minutes. Personally I think it's something they have to learn. Hope that helps some! Good luck!

Deamers said...

I agree with Ashley, it's not going to kill them to cry. I know you feel bad, I did too. But after they get used to it then they pretty much never will again. The sooner the better, just think if you would have done this he might allready be doing it on his own! I find that it's best to time it. Just wait at least fifteeen - twenty minutes and then go reasure him, (he may even be asleeep by then.) If not give him a little bit longer once he gets the hang of it he might be able to fall asleep on his own. by the way I have a blog as well I'd love for you to check it out.

Deamers said...

Kara that's pretty good, only 10 min. It feels like if you time it, then it's not as bad as you think. Reese seemed to cry a lot longer than that at first. So that's way good hopefully the more you do it soon you won't evenhave to worry about him crying at all. The goal is for him to be able to figure out how to fall asleep all by himself. Another rule I have is that i sing Reese two songs and that's it just to give her something before she goes to sleep but not to rock her all the way to sleep. 2 songs is good because she likes songs, but it doesn't take to long.