Sunday, February 19, 2012

Not So Sweet Dreams

Alright...I've reached my limit. I'm done reading books, articles, watching videos, and listening to friends. There is way too much information out there on how to get your baby to sleep, and honestly...not one thing has worked for my baby. I can't tell you how many times I've crumpled into Cameron's shoulder crying because once again my "sleep plan" has failed. There is no putting my baby to sleep tired, but awake. He is either nursing to sleep of crying to sleep. The little man will take three naps during the day but wakes after 45 minutes every time. The classic rock station had lost it's sleeping piazzas. At night he goes down between 7 and 8 and wakes 2 to 5 times at night. Sheesh! I will be honest and tell you I have let him cry to sleep more than once, but it was only because I was at my wits end and letting him cry was safer than me trying to console him at the moment. I read things that say letting them cry does not harm them at all in the long run, and I read that letting them cry can cause trust issues. Not to mention how heart wrenching it is to go about my day while my baby, my world, is having a melt down in the next room. I would rather side on the error of caution and not let him cry. My only other option is to nurse him to sleep. And there is no fooling this baby. I can't slip him a binky. He is wise to those tricks, he wants to real deal. Not only does he want to nurse to sleep, he wants to hang out of my boob while he sleeps. This is where things get complicated. I love nursing my baby to sleep, most of the time. It can get exhausting. And I worry that I'm setting us up for disaster. But at this point I see no other option. I just have to remind myself, things will get better...won't they?..... sigh.....


  1. There's the "self sooting" method. That worked for my son really well. He cried a lot, but eventually passed out, and in the long run, nowe that he's 4 years old, it worked out. He goes to sleep just fine. Naps, end of the night, all that is now a breeze, because we let him develop his own sense of independence there, and autonomy. Love ya ;) ~kendall

  2. This is EXACTLY 110% what our situation is too! Joel will not take pacifiers and will only nurse and pacify on me to well as every 1-2 hours throughout the entire night. He was doing the 45 minute naps, but has finally started doing 1-2hrs for one of maybe Orin will break it soon as well. I'm to the point where I've been considering switching to formula once he hits 6 months (beginning of march) bc I don't produce enough just pumping, and I don't know how else to kick the boob addiction. I feel bad, but don't know what else to do! We need to get together soon!

  3. Kendall-
    Thanks for the input. I've tried self soothing and it's just not for me. I'm too much of a baby to let him cry.
    We REALLY need to hang. Facebook me your number! Cameron's parents are visiting this weekend, so maybe next weekend? Cam is leaving for a long work trip soon so I will really need some social time. Yippy!