Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hell has frozen over!!! You CIO?

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 5:45 PM
So this post is about CIO (Crying it out). I know I'm probably gonna get a lot of crap about it but let me just explain please.

So Hell must have frozen over because when it comes to CIO that's the last thing they'd do in their life time.

Kendall is an AMAZING sleeper... at night. It's wondering, joyus, exciting and every other word you can think of. Starting around 10 weeks she used to get fussy around 7:45pm, so with that we'd bathe her, swaddler her and give her a baa (her bottle). She'd instantly fall asleep after a few burps and we were without a problem put her down in her bed... for the night! She'd wake up around 6-7am, eat then go down for another 1-2 hours when she was then redy to get up and play.
As of last week she gets fussy around 6:30 so our routine has now switched to acommedate her new schedule. The wonderful part? She still sleeps till about 6-7am, eats then goes back down for another 1-2 hours. So she for some reason made her self gain an extra hour of sleep.

I know, I know... her sleep schedule WILL change. You don't need to tell me. This is my 2nd baby and I know they go crazy out of the blue and decide they hate sleep all over again just like they are a newborn again. It sucks and I'm not looking forward to it. But for now, I am living it up and loving every second of it!

So where's the CIO coming into play you may ask?
Kendall DOES NOT nap! For the life of me, I cannot get this child to take a nap. I mean a REAL nap, even if it was for a hour I'd be happy.

She takes little cat naps here & there for maybe 20 minutes in her bouncer of 30 minutes IF she's laying on my chest. But to put her in her bed and nap, HA, yeah right.

So I began feeding her and just laying her down. Screw that, she needs sleep and I don't care. She usually gives me a hard time and really cires for about 10-15 minutes but then she will fall asleep and then I get about 45 minutes uninterupted quietness. This just started to happen about a week ago though.

Do I think it's hurting her emotionally? Um, no, sorry but it's not. This child gets more love then anything in the world. I don't believe you can 'spoil' a baby but if you could then she'd be the definition. She loves cuddles and being held and she laughs even more now a days then she did before.

My whole thing is, it's not like I'm sitting here listening to her cry for a hour or more. It's 15 minutes TOPS and she falls asleep. I'd rather her cry a bit then be cranky all day because she slept for tiny 10-20 minute naps.
Her attitude has completely changed and I think she's a much happier baby. Plus, I'm a much happier mommy. If her 45 minute nap means that I can nap too then of course I am much happier. On the days that I don't feel like sleeping myself then I do housework.
I don't go a day without cleaning this house and when she's sleeping it makes it a lot easier of course.

So to all you CIO haters out there, I understand if it doesn't work for you, but it's working for us.
Today, she only cried for 5 minutes before she fell asleep so I think it's working and of course I'm hoping that the crying will completely stop and she will just know when it's nap time.

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5 commented:

Ashley on October 30, 2010 at 9:22 PM said...

hey, why not Carry-It-Out? Its CIO too but a more friendly way lol...15 minutes is still a little hard on baby lungs to be crying like that. Just give it a try :]

Ashley on October 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM said...

Meant to add, carrying it out means to put her in a sling and carry her around until she is sleep. shes old enough to be worn on a high back carry, which could get her to sleep and if you keep her on your back, get her to sleep for 1-2 hours!

SingleMamaAdventures on October 31, 2010 at 3:22 PM said...

Appreciate the post. Its honest and I'm sure even if some of your readers don't agree outwardly they totally understand you. But I for one suppport what your doing and since its working keep it up mama.

Misfit Momma aka Missy on October 31, 2010 at 4:21 PM said...

My first two (Both Boys) settled into a night/nap routine early on. It actually left me thinking it was easy to get babies into a routine!

My first daughter slept through the night from the first day she was born! No joke, but around the time she started to crawl she quit napping and started staying up later and later everyday. I made it through without CIO since I was in an apartment at the time and I didn't want the neighbors to hear her screaming but I would have if I could have! She never did get back into a good sleep routine until she started going to school, and she still stays up past bedtime as much as she can push it.

My youngest Daughter rarely naps too. She sleeps in my bed so it isn't possible to let her CIO either. She sleeps in 10-12 hour gaps, but she has it all wrong and stays up all night and sleeps through the morning/afternoon. Ugh.

Maybe it's a girl thing?

Jessica - Mom of all Trades on November 1, 2010 at 12:03 AM said...

I for one am completely against the CIO method.......but I'm also against bashing others parenting choices and believe that every parent makes the choices that THEY feel is best for their children. So I guess you could say I am neutral on your decision.

What I'd really like to say though is - man I wish I knew what 45 minutes of quiet time was like lol. Or a nap (for myself) for that matter lol. My oldest 4 are in school during the day and my younger 3 are at home. It's extremely rare that all 3 of them nap at the same time. Usually the baby will go down first, then the 2 and 4 year olds will fall asleep about 10 minutes before baby wakes up so I'm lucky to get time to at least pee alone lol.

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