I’m on day three (in a row) of sleep training. Earlier attempts were failures as I would revert back to rocking Gracie to sleep when she woke for the sixth time of the night at 3am. For three days now though, I’ve stuck with it. My method of choice is the “Pick Up/Put Down” strategy from “The Baby Whisperer.” Have any of you tried it? With success?
If you’re not familiar with this method, here’s the rundown: when baby cries, you pick her up and hold her in the cradle position for a short time until she stops crying. You then immediately put baby down, place one hand on her shoulder and rub her back or tummy with the other hand. As soon as she cries again, you repeat. The Baby Whisperer says to be patient as the picking up/putting down (along with baby’s crying) can last for an HOUR (or more). She asserts that this method helps teach the baby to self-soothe while not letting the baby feel abandoned by leaving her to “cry it out.”
So on day three, however, I’m not really seeing a decrease in the amount of time it takes Gracie to fall asleep at bedtime. Tonight she still cried as badly as she does when she gets her immunization shots – and for a long time. I felt like my presence almost made it worse as she seemed unable to understand why in the WORLD Mama wasn’t picking her up! And talk about how painful it is for a parent to see such alligator tears. All the sleep training sites I’ve found that teach that crying is okay “reassure” me that Gracie isn’t hurting or sad, she’s just angry at me. Super. That makes me feel SO much better.
So go ahead and tell me – you won’t hurt my feelings. Do you see merit in this method of helping my little one?? Did something else work for you that you can tell me about? Or – are you of the mind that sleep training is for the birds and that I should hunker down in Gracie’s bedroom glider rocking her until she’s in dreamland?