I have two New Years resolutions this year. One is to cut my fast food habit. The other, much more difficult resolution is to get Lizzie to sleep in her own bed. Don't get me wrong, I love co-sleeping and it is especially nice to cuddle with baby when Andrew has to work the overnight shift, but it is hard to have both Daddy and baby in the bed. One of them always wakes up the other one. Plus, she is now so active that I'm not totally in love with getting kicked in the face. So begins Operation Baby Crib Sleep.
I must admit, I'm a little disappointed by the options out there to help get babies to sleep through the night. What's wrong with babies? Why can't they make it easy on parents?
I'm not a fan of the cry-it-out approach. I'm sure it works for some families, but I can't handle hours of crying and a clingy, tired baby the day after. So I picked up this popular book by Elizabeth Pantley called "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" and have decided to give it a shot. I should mention that the real Phase One was going Cold Turkey on the pacifier to break the sucking to sleep association. This book has a method of doing that involves no tears but that is not the one I used.
The book covers sleep safety and how babies sleep before asking you to fill out a night's log before beginning things. Here's my first log...
Not as grim as many families have it, but not ideal. Following this plan, I'm supposed to check up again every 10 days so I'll keep updating as we go. It's time to use that pricey crib for more than !