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bunnyrabbit Wed 08-Oct-03 22:13:49

Any one any advice on what age one can start controlled crying?

BR

CountessDracula Wed 08-Oct-03 22:17:27

Hi BR, I tried it at 6 months and 8 months, didn't work at 6 months but did at 8.

judetheobscure Wed 08-Oct-03 22:48:56

I did mine at 9-10 months and it worked each time - included stopping feeds at nighttime too.

SofiaAmes Thu 09-Oct-03 00:24:20

I did it the week my ds turned 6 mo. It took 3 days and was very successful, but did have to be repeated whenever we went to another time zone or he had a bad cold.

PandaBear Thu 09-Oct-03 08:40:04

I did it at 8 weeks - and it worked a treat. We've never looked back since!!! Felt cruel at the time, and boy do you have to be strong, but it was worth it.

bunnyrabbit Thu 09-Oct-03 09:29:25

Thanks guys. DS is only nearly 5 weeks, but won't go to bed at 7 and cries until rocked and sung to sleep. Nothing wrong with him I know, as he goes down no problems after his 10/10.30 feed, but I think he's far too young to leave crying, plus I find it difficult not to pick him up!

BR

beetroot Thu 09-Oct-03 09:52:02

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CountessDracula Thu 09-Oct-03 10:13:36

BR I should say he sounds pretty normal for a 5 week old!
SofiaAmes when do you do it after a cold? My dd was up from midnight till 4 last night as she has a terrible cough/cold and I didn't feel I could leave her crying (as I would normally do). I don't want it to get out of hand though and end up being awake for 4 hrs every night.

aloha Thu 09-Oct-03 10:32:07

My experience was EXACTLY the same as CountessDracula. Failed at six months, easy at 8months. I also agree wtih you bunnyrabbit, five weeks is far too young! Sorry .

boyandgirl Thu 09-Oct-03 10:50:48

With both of ours we rarely bothered putting them to bed after the 7ish 'bedtime' feed until they started showing signs of being tired or at least ready to go down at that time. We just has them with us, in the bouncer or on the sofa rather than held if poss, tp allow them to wind down. Even the most placid newborn (and IMO 5wks is still newborn) can be restless in the evening - daddy comes home, lights get switched on, etc. We still kept to a vague routine, but only started a proper bedtime routine ending in the cot, at about 10wks (ds) and 3m (dd).

boyandgirl Thu 09-Oct-03 10:51:29

With both of ours we rarely bothered putting them to bed after the 7ish 'bedtime' feed until they started showing signs of being tired or at least ready to go down at that time. We just has them with us, in the bouncer or on the sofa rather than held if poss, tp allow them to wind down. Even the most placid newborn (and IMO 5wks is still newborn) can be restless in the evening - daddy comes home, lights get switched on, etc. We still kept to a vague routine, but only started a proper bedtime routine ending in the cot, at about 10wks (ds) and 3m (dd).

kaz33 Thu 09-Oct-03 13:17:13

CC with DS2 when three months - have to be sure that they are tired or a bit cruel. Its wasn't until then that i knew what was going on, DS1 probably a bit later at 4 months.

Not CC really, left both to cry until they went to sleep - longest with DS1 was about an hour. DS2 three quarters of an hour. Only took 2/3 nights with both.

Personally I think that there is no right time - you just need to be strong and determined and not capitulate, and sure that baby is ready for bed. I couldn't have been sure when the boys were 5 weeks WHAT WAS GOING ON.

mimm Thu 09-Oct-03 13:47:10

If your baby wont go down until later it is likely that he has abit of colic or wind - early evening crying is very common at that age and cc wont cure it. My ds grew out of it by eight weeks. Just be patient and I am sure it will go. I know how hard it is though.

mimm Thu 09-Oct-03 13:47:29

If your baby wont go down until later it is likely that he has abit of colic or wind - early evening crying is very common at that age and cc wont cure it. My ds grew out of it by eight weeks. Just be patient and I am sure it will go. I know how hard it is though.

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