I’m writing this on our fifth night of sleep training. I’m bored, frustrated and exhausted. I knew sleep training wasn’t going to be easy, but when it seems to be getting you no where, it’s so easy to break every rule you’ve set over the past week.
We unwittingly got into an awful bedtime routine. We got so used to her crashing early evening when she was a few months old that when she stopped we thought it was just a phase. It got to the point where she wasn’t going to sleep until between 9 and 10 pm. I tried sleep training her a while back, but, stupidly, didn’t stick to it. It got to the point where we were getting her to sleep by rocking her in her buggy, then having to move her to her cot. So, it really was time to say enough is enough and take action.
So far, we’ve been sleep training for less than a week and it’s been tough. I miss my evenings watching TV and catching up with my other half. It’s really taken a toll on me emotionally and I’ve struggled to sleep, despite being exhausted.
Night one of sleep training
Our first night sleep training was horrendous. It took two hours to get her to settle in her cot with me sitting beside her. Every time she stood up, I’d say ‘no, time to go to sleep’ and lay her back down. Then she started screaming and crying hysterically and I felt like the worse mum in the world. I was close to tears and in the end my other half had to take over.
Night two was something of a breakthrough. She fell asleep within 45 minutes and there were no tears or tantrums. Unfortunately, I had to wake her up 20 minutes later as we had to get our dog to the emergency vets.
Despite it only being two nights ago, I can hardly remember night three. It can’t have been that horrendous to have etched itself on my mind, but it can’t have been a standout night either.
Horrendous. She screamed and cried for two hours straight. She got herself in such a state that she was hot, sticky and inconsolable. My other half and I swapped places four times as it was too much for us to cope with for too long. She eventually wore herself out and fell asleep, sobbing, despite all the hugs, kisses and reassurance we gave her.
We’re just over an hour in and I’m laying on the floor with my phone hidden under her cot. She finally seems to be settling and she hasn’t cried or screamed once. We brought our Amazon Echo into the room to play lullabies as she’s used to them on there and, touch wood, it seems to have worked.