So many of you have been asking how “sleep training” is going with Colt. Well, its going.. better than before, but we still aren’t totally sleeping through the night consistently as of yet… hopefully soon!!
I thought I would share some of the tools we are implementing and that are working for us!
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child – this book has some REALLY good advice, and goes in depth to break down every age and stage of sleep! They offer example routines, answers to questions that are commonly asked, tips to FIX sleep habits, and tips to develop healthy sleep schedules from the very start.
- Halo Sleepsack – This has been a game changer for us. I don’t have to worry about him being too hot or too cold, and obviously little ones cannot have blankets at this stage so this is a peace of mind life saver to me! They come in many different styles/patterns ( some even have a swaddle attached which is nice for younger babies!
3. dōTERRA Lavender Oil– I have been diffusing this lavender oil on our second floor just about an hour before bed time, not only does it smell soothing, it relaxes us all! I keep hearing great things about the roller and placing some on the bottom of babies feet, but I haven’t looked into it just yet… I’ll keep you posted!
In addition, we have been trying to become more scheduled. The last 6 months have kind of been a free for all. When you only have 1 child, and that child is independent, potty-trained, sleep-trained, and adjusts to anything, it’s hard to realize that you are back in the infant stage and need to go back to having a routine. We definitely were living like we always have, just having Giuliana, running here and there according to her schedule so we have now adjusted quite a bit. Has anyone else been all over the map with baby #2?! Totally us.
It’s hard to have a nap schedule for him when I’m running back and forth to preschool, play-dates, appointments, you name it. If you read the book I mention you will see just how important having a schedule during the day is to help with night time sleep! So, we’ve been trying our hardest to do so!
Lastly, the CIO method… we used this with Giuliana and it worked flawlessly. It took 4 days and she’s slept through the night since 4 months old (minus being sick and other little hiccups) she will be 4 in June! I know that everyone has a different opinion in regards to it… whatever yours is, that is fine. Like I’ve said before, every parent and every child is different. What works for you may not work for someone else. It’s all about being respectful! Back to CIO.. Colt doesn’t respond well to it, so I have been using a modified method. I go in and soothe him every 20 mins… usually takes 2-3 times and he’s out when he wakes in the middle of the night. When we first put him down he is drowsy, but awake. We were making the mistake of rocking him and putting him to sleep before placing him in his crib- try without it friends, it works!
Hope some of these tips work for you if you are on team no sleep- don’t forget, if you have to share, pass them my way! Good-Luck mama’s!