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Shush pat is just made up...

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TheFallenNinja Wed 22-May-13 19:39:32

To make us feel that sitting in a room while a baby screams for hours is better than sitting in another room while a baby screams for hours.

ilovepowerhoop Wed 22-May-13 19:41:53

you hold the baby when doing shush pat though

CreatureRetorts Wed 22-May-13 19:44:05

Sleep training is never nice. I prefer a gradual introduction of better sleep methods. Never doing pick up pick down bollocks again.

TheFallenNinja Wed 22-May-13 19:53:30

Nah. It's made up. A cruel and unusual punishment that serves no purpose. I've been here for three hours. I'm bursting for a pee, a fag and a coffee. I can have none of this because CIO is cruel.

TheFallenNinja Wed 22-May-13 19:53:46

I'm approaching my wits end.

TippiShagpile Wed 22-May-13 19:58:38

It's all shite. I could never do any of that stuff. I'm such a wimp I never let mine cry.

They got there in the end though. Eventually.

Have a wine

MoelFammau Wed 22-May-13 19:59:12

DD NEVER slept. Ever. Her naps were 5 minutes long since birth. She wouldn't lie down without screaming. We had her sleeping on our chests for the first 3 months. The comments from people were ridiculous - "Just let her cry it out", "Pick her up and put her down, she has to LEARN...".

I ignored it. Just as well. DD had severe silent reflux and was basically in agony. So bedtime was always a long, reassurring cuddly, feed to sleep thing.

So I say ignore anyone who tells you to just so this or simply do that. It's bollocks. You'll find out what soothes your little one. It's a tough ride but you'll get there. It took me 2 years though!

CreatureRetorts Wed 22-May-13 20:06:51

How old? Tell us more. We've all been there!

NutellaLawson Wed 22-May-13 20:31:39

I suspect it really depends on the baby. Babies are not all generic infant objects, like the books sometimes like to pretend. They are individuals and bo one way works for all habited. Some babies respond well to being picked up, soothed, and put back down again (it worked a charm with mine at 7.5 months) but yours probably isn't one if those.

It might be a bit crap advice but I found singing songs helped to soothe (I mean soothe me, not baby). How old is DC?

peanutbuttersarnies Wed 22-May-13 20:36:14

Op, I've been thinking the exact same thing recently. Sometimes I wonder if it's worse for them having to see us sit and ignore them

TheFallenNinja Wed 22-May-13 22:07:47

Poor thing, she's 7months. Even though in the dark moments earlier I am really trying to stay consistent.

I dread another round of sleep regression.

If happily sell my soul for a pint about now smile

trixymalixy Wed 22-May-13 22:11:06

Shush pat worked amazingly well for DS. I thought I had the putting down to sleep thing sorted. Then along came DD. DD was not having any of it. She's still awful at going to sleep at nearly 4.

Different things work for different children. If its nut working then try something else.

JoyMachine Wed 22-May-13 22:15:42

Have you done pick-up, put-down too?
PUPD and shush pat helped us a lot though my eldest was around 9mo when we did it.

CreatureRetorts Wed 22-May-13 23:16:32

What is the issue? Just self settling or more?

TheFallenNinja Thu 23-May-13 00:38:54

She really struggles to self settle. I think I may have to go back to the drawing board, I don't want her to associate bedtime with anything but nice cuddles and sleep.

teacher123 Thu 23-May-13 07:38:40

I had an epiphany when I realised that DS needs to be completely ignored to go to sleep. Shhh pat enraged him, PUPD had us both absolutely hysterical, one evening I did his bedtime routine and then went downstairs and left him in his cot. He settled in 8 minutes!!! This was after nearly 6 months of trying absolutely everything. I know that all babies are different, but I think DS just got massively overstimulated. He needs total darkness, I even have to put the snooze shade on in the car as he won't drift off otherwise...

CreatureRetorts Thu 23-May-13 08:40:47

If she's sleeping through fine or minimal wake ups then I'd ease off and not worry. With dd I would cuddle after a feed and put her on her tummy (from when she could roll etc) and stroke her back. If she got upset, I'd pick her up and cuddle again. We gradually got to a stage where I could put her down after a cuddle but wide awake and she'd be fine. Sometimes I'd try leaving after saying goodnight and she'd cry for 1 min then settle. Any longer and I'd go in. If she sounded very upset I'd go in right away. Now she goes in to her cot awake and is fine! It's very odd as my first was the opposite - need cuddles for ages. However I think I stressed too much with him whereas I was more relaxed with dd as she's my second and knew she wouldn't be like this forever. Now she's 17 months and I miss the cuddling to sleep (so still give her extra ones even though she settles fine with short ones!)

TheFallenNinja Thu 23-May-13 09:47:19

Thanks for the comments all. Much appreciated.

rrreow Thu 23-May-13 12:40:13

It's crap, but it's about letting the baby experience their feelings while they know you're there. Imagine the difference between you being sad, frustrated, can't stop crying and your DP holding you and letting you know he's there for you versus your DP sitting in another room ignoring you and your feelings. That's the way I see it in any case. It's still difficult though sad

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