Friday, July 31, 2009

UPDATE 3: Training up a child


Haven was very sleepy so I took her to her crib at 1:19 pm. I said "Go night, night" and gently pushed her head down and said, "No, no. Go night, night" every time she lifted it up. Haven stopped trying to raise her head in 2 minutes and was asleep 1 minute later!

This is 1000000 times better than the crying it out method! I like it because I am right there with my baby, comforting her by little pats on the back and laying my hand lightly on her noggin. I'm letting her know that I want her to go to sleep, instead of being far away in another room hoping that she will finally get the idea, stop crying and go to sleep. I have to admit, I have tried crying it out 2 times before and it broke my heart to hear her crying. It sounded like a cry of "mommy, why did you leave me all alone? I need you!" The crying (mostly just whining) she does with this new method is more like "mommy, I don't want to lay my head down and go to sleep. Let me get up and play!" That's a cry that I can deal with.

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