Friday 25 May 2007

I didn't sleep on the couch last night!

Hooray for The Baby Whisperer method. After Zach's 2am feeding, we tried putting him in the crib, rather than sleeping in my arms on the couch. I just kept going with the "pick up put down" method The Baby Whisperer suggests. It means pick the baby up when he cries, but as soon as he stops put him down again. I would put him down, leave my hand on him and slowly remove that, back away and try to get into bed. It took about an hour and 15 minutes of doing that, with varying lengths of time between pick-ups, to get him to settle and sleep in his crib. I thought it might even take longer, so it wasn't too bad. Then he slept from 4am to about 5:30 or 6am in his crib!!! (A poopie diaper woke him up and he was getting hungry.) YAY!! It's a start. Then I tried to put him in his crib again and he was settled pretty quickly and then I dropped something.... So, Jean-Paul shot up and I had to soothe him first (I put my hand on his back and said "It's ok. It's ok. Shhhh".) Then I went and did the same thing with Zach, but he decided he was still hungry. We'll see how tonight goes... It may take longer if we try to do it during his fussier time, but this was definitely a good sign that he will be in his crib regularly soon. No more couch!


mom2peaches said...

Yes! I used her methods too with L, it takes a lot of patience but some of it does work. I have her book if you want to borrow it. The biggest thing I learned from her was how to respect my child - I know that sounds weird but it is true. Congrats, you will reclaim your bed and your couch!

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