I know it’s just been a few days, but overall the sleep training is going well. I think this is going to be a slow process and the biggest thing for me is to remember is to stay patient.
Yesterday it took Henry about 30 minutes to fall asleep for every nap. I’d put him down wide awake, wrapped tightly in his blanket with his pacifier and he’d fuss basically as soon as I put him down. If he started to really cry (not that fake cry that he does to get attention) then I go and pick him up and calm him back down and then repeat the process. It would usually takes about 4-5 repeats for him to get it.
Today, for his morning nap I decided not to swaddle him (it’s probably time that we stop doing that anyway). I put him in his crib, gave him his pacifier, his lovey and put his blanket over him and he fussed for a bit. I only had to pick him up twice to soothe him, and within 20 minutes he was asleep on his own!!
So, even within 3 days, things are getting way better. Night time still remains more difficult than nap time, but last night, J only got up 3 times to replace his pacifier instead of the usual 6-1000.
I think the slow and steady approach is definitely the way to go for Henry, and also for J and me. Anything that we can do to get our point across and not have to listen to him scream and cry is definitely worth it in my opinion (not only is it agonizing, but it causes us to feel so much guilt!), and I really don’t mind that it’s probably going to take 2 weeks or longer to get this to be a well oiled machine.
It’s getting better, and as long as it keeps getting better, I can be patient.