The process of sleep training your baby can be daunting and can leave you feeling defeated. I know firsthand how that feels, and I want to share how I found a system that worked for my baby and I. I was lucky enough to have a friend that shared how she found a method that worked for her and her son and passed on the holy grail! Now, I know there are plenty of other sleep training programs out there, and I'm sure they work. But I can only speak on my personal experience, and the Sleep Sense program is practically fool proof. My only regret is that I didn't start the program sooner.
I'm not going to lie, I did try to start the program sooner. It was right around the time Jacob turned 6 months. And it was me that had a really hard time with putting Jacob down without him falling asleep while nursing. Which, by the way, that was the only way Jacob would fall asleep, nursing on mommy. I knew that I needed to make a change, because it got to the point where Jacob would only nap on me and the nursing pillow and when I'd try to transition him into his Rock-n- Play (where he slept), he would wake right back up. I would pretty much let him sleep on me, which left me with highly frustrating, unproductive days.
So I started the Sleep Sense Program! What this book initially taught us, was to implement a bedtime routine that worked for us and the baby. We slightly already had one, but we really narrowed in on one that we committed to that helped provide a structured nightly regimen. The Sleep Sense Program will share a recommended night time routine that will help greatly.
The thing that put a wrench in our sleep training plans, was that Jacob was teething badly at that time, and I couldn't bare to continue with the training. But as I look back now, I could have continued. But honestly, it's all about what Mom feels comfortable with and just trying to provide your baby with the sleep the baby needs. Although, sleep training was put on pause, Jacob was still regularly going to bed at a certain time every night, and that provided Mom and Dad with some consistency and relief. But Jacob was still waking up at around 11-12 a.m. and around 3-4 a.m. every night, and, most of the time, ending up in the bed with me. This was the norm when Jacob was about 6-9 months.
Jacob's naps were another story. He definitely was getting 2 naps a day from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m and the second one from 2 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. But the way I got him to nap, is not recommended. The only way I got Jacob to nap was if he fell asleep in the carseat while I was driving. I would literally have to do this twice a day, everyday. But he would nap regularly, so I just kept doing it. Until this method started to tank, big time! Jacob started to become a lighter sleeper and would wake up when I'd be transitioning him from car to nursery and nap time would pretty much be over. I knew I had to refer back to the Sleep Sense and buckle down.
My hubby had just left for a 5 day golf trip, and I figured that that time was as good as any time to get down to business and tackle this sleep training once and for all. Jacob was now 9 months old and since we had already laid the groundwork for the training already, it was a bit easier than just starting from scratch. But I had to crack down and not nurse in the middle of the night and that was the hardest part. But precisely following the steps with the Sleep Sense Program will benefit you tremendously. It may be hard at first, but the results are so worth it! And I started to sleep train Jacob for napping as well and just would put him down in the crib, instead of spending so much time driving all around town to get him to sleep. It literally took 2 days, and my baby boy was trained and a happy and well rested little guy, and so was Mom! I couldn't believe it! By the time my husband came back from his trip, Jacob's new routine was going down for 2 two hour naps from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and another nap from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and then going to bed at 7:30 p.m. and waking up at 7:30 am. Yes, that is sleeping through the night for 12 hours and having a cumulative 4 hours of nap-time! This made our family a bunch of happy campers!
You can buy the Sleep Sense Program by clicking on my link below. There are 3 different options to choose from. The "Basic" edition, "Gold" edition, and "Platinum" edition:
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