Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Year's Resolution-Continued

So, it's been almost a month of my new wonderful plan of getting Lizzie to sleep in her crib and it's going...okay.  I don't say "okay" as in I'm disappointed by the progress (because there is progress!) but because I have all ready lost my move-her-to-crib resolve.  I never expected beautiful perfect sleep within a month using a no-cry-it-out solution but I have had a couple nights of (drumroll, please!) five hour sleep stretches. It's the little things.... 

Here's my log from last night.




So if you compare this to my initial log, you can see that even though she still has six awakenings, she is consistently going to sleep at 7:30 pm and I can usually get her to sleep until at least 7:00 am.  I'm still awake for the first two or three wake-ups so it's no longer as painful. Hopefully by this time next month we can cut down some of the total awakenings but right now I'm ecstatic. I've found I have hours of time at night to get stuff done! That certainly wasn't happening when she was going to sleep at 10:30 pm.

Some of the most helpful tips I've found from The No-Cry Sleep Solution are:

  • Having a Consistent Bed and Nap Time! I can't believe how much this has helped. I try to keep it within a half an hour each night and sometimes she's zonked before we're even finished with our story time. Plus if I'm not home, it's easy for someone else to handle bed time when there is a set list of what to do.
  • White Noise. One problem we have when we co-sleep is that Lizzie seems to have bat-like hearing. Every sniffle, throat-clear, and bed-creak would wake her up. Having that white-noise really reduced that threat.
  • Regular naps. I've found the better and longer she naps during the day, the better she sleeps at night. 
I'll keep updating as we continue using the tips from the book. At least I was able to get some time at night back to myself! 

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