Chase is 16 weeks old and I am stupidly weaning him of his swaddle and attempting sleep training at the same time. I think he is a little congested too. I wanted to write a blog about sleep training because I need a place to just vent!
The sleep training stuff started when I called the advice nurse about his green poop. It came up that I struggle knowing if he is hungry because I hold him for some of his nap. She told me I need to read healthy sleep habits, happy child. I had skimmed it before and was waiting for it from the library already. So I asked a mom friend of an 8 month old for advice and got the book.
The book said we had been doing fine putting him in his crib asleep. But now that he's almost 4 months he needs to learn how to fall asleep on his own which could involve an hour of crying. I was so upset. How could I let my baby cry for an hour?!
I asked all the moms I knew if they had let their babies cry it out. The majority said yes. Some would go in at different time intervals to calm the baby down.
Chase has been able to fall asleep if I put him in his crib drowsy for his #1 and #2 naps. He usually does great at going back to sleep after nursing at night. The thing I think he needs to work on is falling back to sleep. He wakes up from his nap sometimes after 30 mins and is still tired. In the evenings we put him down for bed and he wakes up a few times before he is asleep for good.
What I struggle with is if he is old enough for all of this. My friend has a baby 3 weeks older whose pediatrician said they were too young to cry it out. I've tried letting him cry and never last more than 5 mins. My maternal instinct is that he needs me. He gets pretty upset and I just have to go to him. Then I feel like a bad mom for not letting him cry but I feel like a bad mom for letting him cry.
I'll keep you updated on what we end up doing :(
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