I'm about to start controlled crying (checking method where you go in every 5 mins) after a bout of illness has made dd2, 16 months, wake up every 3-4 hours.
Currently, she has a beaker with 3-4 floz milk in her cot to help her settle herself to sleep.
Should I stop this too as part of the sleep training? It can sometimes takes half to three quarters of an hour to settle... it's easier to just give her the milk and she'll go off straight away...
Am nervous, anxious, and not looking forward to the night ahead as I'm tired and know I could be up quite a lot in and out of dd's room!
can you switch the milk for water? I'd worry about drinking milk after teeth cleaning.
I found with ds and dd that controlled crying is less effective after 12 months or so (when did you do it last time?). With dd, when she woke up i just stroked her head to get her to go back to sleep, then gradually withdrew (i.e. second time just sit there shushing, 3rd time stand at the door etc). That may be easier for you.
With ds on the other hand, nothing seems to work so i did go back to controlled crying. It took ages.
Thanks - will try water tonight...
I have thought about a dummy - tried when she was much younger and she wasn't interested..
May purchase another one - anything is worth a try! Wish me luck.
Dh is now upstairs bathing ready for bed... I am contemplating a glass of wine