Part 2: Sleep Training Our 4 month Old Infant
As you might have read in part 1, our son was a good infant sleeper. The exception was shortly after birth he slept on my chest and once he got too big, I moved to the guest bed and we then co-slept. It wasn’t my intention or my plan. I didn’t want to co-sleep but it worked and he slept great. At 4 months was when everything changed!
Enter Baby Sleep Site and their personalized sleep plan developed exclusively for Baby B.
It took me 3 hours to fill out a detailed report which included what we were currently doing, the problems we’ve encountered, and our parenting philosophy. Within 2 business days, I was sent our personalized sleep plan.
It’s been 4 weeks since implementing the 22 page plan (and no they didn’t tell me to put him in his crib and close the door). The personalized sleep plan gave me a day by day outline of what I should do to get Baby B sleeping in his own crib, for longer stretches during the night and for naps, and not needing me to bounce or feed him to sleep. Three of the areas where I mentioned that I needed help.
The first obstacle I tackled was getting Baby B to not need my help to go to sleep. He could only sleep if I bounced him (which started to get very tiring since he was 15 pounds) or by breastfeeding. The personalized sleeping plan did a great job helping me outline how I should tackle this first obstacle day by day. It wasn’t meant to be set in stone, but instead to use as a guideline. This is exactly what I did. It took us a little longer than what was outlined in the plan (about 2 weeks) but now Baby B can go to sleep on his own with minimal crying (5 minutes) if any at all.
The second obstacle was getting him to sleep in his own crib. I decided that I would try to accomplish this along with getting Baby B to sleep without my help. Amazingly, once I stuck to the plan and put him down in his crib, he was sleeping in his crib after one week. Okay, I admit, there were a couple times at the 2 am feeding where he didn’t make it back into his crib, but that was because I fell asleep while feeding him.
The final obstacle was getting Baby B to sleep for longer stretches both during the night and for naps. Amazingly, once I could get him to sleep his crib and he learned to put himself to sleep, he started sleeping for much longer stretches all on his own.
After 1 month, Baby B now sleeps for at least an hour and sometimes as long as 2 1/2 hours for each nap (8:30, 12 and 4). He only gets up 2 times at night for a quick feed (approximately 15 minutes) and goes right back to sleep with no fuss. He goes to bed at 7pm, wakes at 11:30pm and 2:30pm for night feedings, and gets up at 6:30am for the day. It is amazing! And a couple times a week, he only wakes at 2:30am!
I now feel confident that we are on the right path to eventually sleeping through the night.
Here is an example of the 4 month old baby schedule which I used.
Was it a lot of work? Yes. I was basically a hermit for a month so I could be consistent with the plan. Many days it was 2 steps forward, 1 step back. But, consistency was key and it worked!
Check out Part 3, our first trip after sleep training. A trip to visit Oma and Opa.
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The Baby Sleep Site™ (http://babysleepsite.com) is owned and operated by Nicole Johnson, a baby and toddler sleep coach, and the mother of two young boys. Whether a family is struggling with a baby who won’t fall asleep at night or a toddler who just doesn’t want to nap, The Baby Sleep Site™ tailors every approach with individuality in mind. They never offers one-size-fits-all advice or passes judgment on individual parenting philosophies. Their thoughtful, thorough and firm approach makes them a savior for sleep deprived families everywhere.
Note: We have partnered with The Baby Sleep Site but the opinions expressed are entirely our own. I’ve done my best to share our experience but as always, results may vary for every family.