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Sleep training 6 months old help

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Humma1995 Wed 08-Apr-20 13:26:45

To start off please no judgement on sleep training, only helpful advice and please share your experience with sleep training

For some background my DD is 6 month old. I can count on one hand the amount of times she has slept through the night. She wakes up every two hours, sometimes even more. In the beginning I always breastfed her back to sleep, which most likely is the reason for her bad sleeping habits. I stopped breastfeeding at 4 month and ever since the she gets the bottle when she wakes up at night. Since she hasn’t learned to self sooth, she needs to bet the bottle to help her fall back asleep, just putting her dummy back in her mouth doesn’t work, she cries her head off until her gets milk. I know she’s not hungry at night since she barley even drinks an ounce at a time at night, so it’s clearly a soothing method.

I am now ready to use the cry it out method. I have been trying to implement it for the past two days however I need some advice on the method. DD sleeps in co sleeping cot next to my bed, hence shutting the door and just letting her cry alone at night isn’t possible. Secondly I’m not ready to give up her dummy as well as her night time feeds in one go, so how long should let her cry before giving her her dummy? The first two night I have tried to let her cry it out, she cried for whole two hours straight before falling sleeps.

It anyone could share their experience of sleep training their baby or give me some advice that would be much appreciated.

SomeoneElseEntirelyNow Thu 09-Apr-20 06:00:48

Bumping for you as im in a similar position, but i have to say i dont think sleep training will work if you're in the room with the baby. I'd move her into her own room and then try it, tbh.

Cupcakegirl13 Thu 09-Apr-20 06:29:56

She is a tiny baby , thinking you will get her to sleep through the removal of all comfort is wrong. Babies this young are meant to wake frequently in the night . Just give her the milk / dummy and she will start sleeping longer stretches as she grows. Now she’s 6 months she can be in her own room anyway , you may find this helps on its own.

Littlejayx Thu 09-Apr-20 06:35:03

Aw she’s still so tiny 😩.

I for one disagree with the cry it out method, she will have gone from all she knows such as comfort and reassurance to being left alone I believe it’s detrimental.

Have you tried putting her in her own room? She’s old enough now so maybe her own cot and something like a Ewan the dream sheep or my hummy? Worked wonders for us !

Bleepers Thu 09-Apr-20 19:20:14

I did a very gentle cry it out to cut out the 2 hourly feeds. Just popped in every 3, 5, 7 mins etc and it took 3 nights and was not that stressful. You just need to be majorly consistent. I don't personally think it's cruel; she was so much happier the next morning! And so was I...

Helpful if you have a partner as they can go and settle the baby

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