Day #2: No nap and fussed for 20 minutes at bedtime. Meanwhile, I’m at work texting back and forth with Jay while tweeting to the world in desperation as to whether or not we have made the right decision. Should we have taken it? Should we wait until he’s done teething? Is it really that bad? We decided since we invested so much time already into the no soother thing…we’d just push through it, because it would be harder if we had to give it back and take it away again.
Day #3: No nap and fussed for 5 minutes at bedtime.
Day #4: No nap and fussed for 20 minutes at bedtime.
Day #5: Finally had a 2 hour nap after he fussed for 20 minutes or so and about 5 minutes of fussing at bedtime.
As I said before, Braden was having problems settling to sleep. This happened over Christmas at Mom’s and it was even happening at home the odd time. I knew this would happen in Maui too. Pretty much every nap and bedtime for the first 3 days was up to 10 minutes of crying/fussing but then he’d be totally settled and sleep right through his nap or the night and wake up happy. This is always the sign of a well-rested Braden: waking up happy.
Had we not used SleepEasy for him or had he not been able to learn the art of self-soothing in one way or another? I imagine I would be in his room for HOURS reading books, singing rocking, praying, and begging for him to go to sleep. Not how I want to spend my should-be-child-free time on vacation….trying to get said child to sleep! I did spend extra time before lying him down singing and rocking with him and making sure he was nice and calm, but he would still fuss and cry for a bit.
I know there are tons of mamas who would disagree with letting Braden cry it out (CIO) but there is no other option for my family! I’ve done my research, Braden knows he’s not abandoned, he’s very much loved and comforted by us throughout the day. If I ran to him EVERY time he fussed or cried…neither of us would sleep, neither of us would be well rested and happy. He hasn’t been a fall-asleep-in-my-arms baby sincee he was that…maybe the last time at 4 months? This way? We all get a full night’s sleep at the price of him fussing (not even full on CRYING) for up to 10 minutes.
Has your 2ish year old(s) gone through this phase? He’s fussing almost every night, even though we’re at home now? I don’t know if it’s a new development stage? The soother? 2 year molars? Combo of everything or nothing? Just wondering your experiences!
Anywho, the soother is GONE! He hasn’t even asked for it since we have taken it away, we’re not looking back now!