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What was your sleep training method and did it work?

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Me2Me2 Mon 11-Nov-13 07:02:53

I'm getting a bit desperate. Dd is 6 months and wakes up a lot during the night. Sometimes to feed, sometimes to grizzle, and sometimes she'll start playing. Her sleep was fine up to 4 months but since we stopped gro-bagging her she has gradually started waking more and more. She definitely used to know the difference between night and day but now I'm beginning to wonder.
I've decided we have to do something about it. DS was not a perfect sleeper but it was a slowly improving picture so I just went with it. One of our problems is that dd never takes more than 3-4 ounces so tends to eat little and often, though I don't actually think she needs that much milk at night anymore (at night wakes she often goes back on 1 ounce or less so it's the sucking thing)

How did you sleep train your babies? (non-leaving them to cry methods) How long did it take? And was it overall a good thing?

We co-sleep, which was the answer with ds but doesn't help dd unfortunately. At this point I think we need to start over with her in the cot


Me2Me2 Mon 11-Nov-13 22:34:37

This is a revelation re grobags!
I'm feeling quite pumped after reading all your success stories, esp with gradual withdrawal, which is the kind of approach I think would suit

Funny to think I thought DS was a bad sleeper. They're opposites. He was impossible to put down (3 hour bedtimes at its worst) but ok from midnight. Ds is kind of ok til 11pm but from then on its messy. DS is a great sleeper now tho so I know there is hope.

Me2Me2 Mon 11-Nov-13 22:46:45

On wait a second, just realised that grobags are sleeping bags. I meant swaddle bags - the things that make it look like your baby is sleeping in a condom. I just reread all the posts, amazed at the idea of toddlers being swaddled, and someone has clarified it. Ha ha I did think it was odd, the widespread use of grobags

Me2Me2 Mon 11-Nov-13 22:47:40

if grobags are swaddlers

mrsmalcolmreynolds Tue 12-Nov-13 07:54:19

Ah - no grobags as a PP said are baby sleeping bags. Enclosed but loose around them. I agree you can't use a swaddling bag at her age. Do you use a sleeping bag? Worth considering if not as they keep them nice and snug and do have a bit of that enclosed secure feeling which many babies like.

Me2Me2 Tue 12-Nov-13 08:30:15

No we don't use sleeping bags but will look for some today.
We did have a few for DS but were in a hot country so never used them.
They can still move about and sleep on their tummies, right?

purrtrillpadpadpad Tue 12-Nov-13 08:50:40

Yes they can. My DD has just started rolling onto her Timmy to sleep in her sleeping bag.
If you're not too fussed about second hand, you can get grobags (grobag is a brand) or sleeping bags on eBay for buttons.

purrtrillpadpadpad Tue 12-Nov-13 08:52:03

Rolling onto her Timmy. Ha. Apple are probably singlehandedly responsible for 90% of the world's gibberish.

Me2Me2 Tue 12-Nov-13 10:34:59

purr I know. 'if' and 'of' are always reversed too. arghhh
Hope your dd is enjoying her timmy time

MerryMarigold Tue 12-Nov-13 10:41:55

I used a grobag till they could walk.

You don't want to do CC, but she needs to learn how to self settle. confused

I did CC with ds1 at about 8 months and he slept really well (after 2 nights), stayed in room, never woke up. Next I had twins, and they woke up frequently. I couldn't do CC because they woke each other up. It has taken is till 5yo to get them to sleep in own beds all night! At 6mo they were sometimes up 4x each. I was very, very tired.

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