When Elijah turned 6 months old, we decided to transition him from sleeping in our room to sleeping in the nursery we put together for him and then never used. I had some concerns about how it would go, especially since we were going from a Rock N Play (an inclined sleeper) to his flat crib. And it was as if he heard my concerns. We laid him down in his crib asleep and he immediately woke up crying. Before that night, I didn’t really have strong feelings about sleep training, but after it, I did.
Eli is not a big crier, and I assumed he would settle quickly, especially with some soothing, so I let him cry a little. And then I soothed him, and we carried on that way for two of the longest hours of my life. He just wouldn’t or couldn’t settle down in the new room. It was heart wrenching and after getting him calmed down for the 80th time, I finally gave in. Fortunately for us, he went to sleep happily in his crib the next night, but until last week, he had still never slept all the way through the night. Over the past month we have made several small, tear-free changes to Eli’s days and it has translated into big changes at night, including, the first ever 10 hour stretch of sleep without waking up. You guys, it was every bit as delightful as I thought it would be.
Though these 8 changes not groundbreaking, they have worked beautifully for us. And someday, when Eli is healthy again, I’m hoping that delightful through the night sleep will return.
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Those are our 8 keys to better nighttime sleep. What methods did you use to get your child(ren) to sleep at night?
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