Hi, I have decided to start using some of the tips in Elizabeth Pantley’s ‘no cry sleep solution’ and wondering if anyone has had any success with it and if so, which hints helped the most - and were they for bed to their own bed transitions or just for less interrupted sleep in the family bed?
I am hoping to help my son (12 and a half months) sleep longer stretches without needing to comfort suckle several times a night. He is not really drinking in the night, it is just for comfort and he very quickly falls back asleep so I am wanting to help him get himself back to sleep on his own eventually so I can sleep more than a couple hours in a row, and so that he will be better rested as I don’t think he is sleeping enough at night (and I’m definitely not!). After a year I think we are ready! I thought he was sleeping better than he was, as I am usually half asleep and by morning just have a few vague recollections of settling him back down and nursing him a bit in the night. However it gets you to do a sleep log and I was quite shocked at what actually happens when I stay awake to write down the times! No wonder I am so tired. The sleep log on the first night I kept it looks like this: He fell asleep at 20.10.
Woke up at:
01.33 (and stayed awake until 02.12!)
06.15 up for the day.
I am still reading the chapter to formulate my ‘plan’, but have started a more structured bedtime routine with a wind-down hour before an earlier bedtime, and am wondering whether to go for getting him to remain in the family bed and just sleep for longer periods and not requiring the breast to get back to sleep, or whether we are in fact not helping him to stay asleep by all being squished in together, and whether he might sleep better in his own space. So wondering whether to aim for him to sleep in his own space, a small mattress by the side of us to a metre away against the wall. (or even getting a low toddler bed with a bedrail that I can join him in at first when he wakes in the night). What do you think? We have now put the cot away which he has never used!