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sleep training or just wait it out?

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GirlWithTheMouseyHair Thu 27-Sep-12 15:44:55

How many people sleep trained on and off, endlessly trying new things, or did it and it worked, and how many just waited it out? Those who waited it out - how long did it take?!

Suchanamateur Fri 28-Sep-12 10:58:32

With DS (now 2.5 and a fairly ok sleeper), we faffed about with shush pats etc and various other gentle methods until I broke at 10 months after the hideousness of the 9 month sleep regression and did CC. It worked v quickly - I think he was ready.

With DD (7 months), I'm in wait it out mode but suspect I will crack sooner rather than later as I am a shit shouty tired mummy to both children at the moment sad

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Fri 28-Sep-12 11:31:35

I'm at that point now with DD. in and off gentle methods with DS for his naps but he settles himself eventually and was sleeping through at 7months. DD is now 10months, have again tried various gentle methods, keep being told she's just going through a regression - but she's never had a good nights sleep and I'm getting desperate.

Tried CC about a month ago, neither of us were ready. Wondering if it's worth trying again now

Suchanamateur Fri 28-Sep-12 12:32:57

Might be worth a go. I think as little as 6 weeks before we did it with DS, neither of us would have been ready. I simply wasn't quite desperate enough yet to see it through (a Christmas where I got less sleep than when he was a newborn put paid to that..), and I think he was still in mid developmental madness. But it's such a personal thing. Be interested to hear how you get on if you do go down that road.

misspollysdolly Sat 29-Sep-12 08:15:28

We have just resorted to getting tough(er) and have had relatively enormous success with 'Verbal Reassurance Technique'. DD is a year next Saturday and slept from 7-7 last night - first time ever...!! We started sleep training last Friday night and in all that time I have not fed at all between bedtime and the morning. It can be done - relatively harmlessly - but definitely agree that it will only work for all involved when the time is right - for us this was now! MPD

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Mon 01-Oct-12 03:02:12

ugh DD has THREE teeth about to come through - usual snotty nose, sore bum, red cheeks etc. Tough love prob isn'y well timed for us after all. Back to basic survival mode then!

Tertius Wed 03-Oct-12 19:16:35

I've always ha to do sleep training on and off as they get ill and need retraining. And then I get in a nice comfort to sleep pattern and then the night waking starts again. And then I have to do horrible sleep training. And the child grows up and can be comforted with stories and words instead of sucking and rocking.

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