Friday, November 7, 2008

What do you think????

So.... we have this awesome wrap thing someone gave us at my baby shower. It works wonders. It is really light so that Jaxon doesn't get hot and it keeps him wrapped while he sleeps. The reason why I have used it this whole time is because Jaxon wakes himself up constantly with his hands. I tried not wrapping him a couple of times at night and he would wake up like every hour. When he is wrapped in it, he sleeps for like 10-12 hours without waking himself up. As a result, he is still in the wrap. However, I am really trying to transition him out of it. This may be a little much, but I am also trying to transition into letting him put himself to sleep instead of having to be held and rocked to sleep. For his naptime today, I put him down after I fed him and gave him his binky and his lovee and let him be. He was so cute; he played with his hands for like 30 min. until it finally kicked in and he started crying. So I read this thing that said let them cry for a couple of min. and then go and give them the binky and comfort for a second and then leave again. So I did and he cried again for a couple of min. and you do it again for like 3 times in a row and see if it works. It was so hard for me to listen to that sad little cry. Finally the third time he fell asleep. Today is the first day that I have tried doing this. Is it worth still trying? I am not sure if it is a good idea or if I should just keep wrapping and rocking. Help!

4 comments:

  1. That's hard. Me personally, I wouldn't want to hear him cry, it's just too sad. Plus it's easier for me to just rock him to sleep then listen to his sadness, but it seems like from reading about child development 3 is the magic number. So I would try the putting him in his bed and then comforting him when he cries for like 3 naptimes, and then if he still doesn't go down easily, I would just rock and hold him till he falls asleep. He's still so little, and he'll learn to fall asleep on his own soon enough. I hope that helps. (And if it works, let me know, and I'll be brave and try it with Tucker. Yeah, I know I'm giving you advice I haven't tried yet. :) )

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  2. I agree that it is really hard to hear your baby cry. But, I am the queen of letting him cry himself to sleep. As long as I know he is fed, changed, and not just wanting to cuddle (ie - after feeding and changing him, he gets fussy if I put him down or hold him), I put him in his crib and give him a few minutes to cry it out. Sometimes it takes 5-10 minutes, but he will go from full out screaming to silence and when I peek in he is completely out. The hardest is when he does his really loud scream, I almost give in, but usually if I wait another minute he will be asleep. Or when I first started doing it, I used to rush in to make sure he was ok and if he was, I would give him some more time.

    Sometimes, for me, it is a necessity to put him down and let him cry himself to sleep. Otherwise I would go crazy!! (On certain days). Of course, then on alternating days, I feel nostalgic and bad that I made him cry himself to sleep and then those days I rock him to sleep.

    Not sure if this helps, but it sure is a novel...sorry! Hopefully you will find what works best for you! Every kiddo is different! By the way, your baby is adorable!!

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  3. I have a ton of friends who let their babies cry it out and give me a hard time for not doing it. I think I do it a little when they are older. It depends on what you need the most. I love rocking my kids to sleep. I know they grow up so fast and one day won't be able to rock them anymore, so I enjoy it. They will be okay to cry a little. It is just so hard. You are a great mom and will do what is best for you and your family! Is he old enough to sleep on his tummy? That has helped my kids from waking themselves up with their hands. Of course, I put them on their tummies way before they are supposed to. I think once they can roll over, the danger is over. I wish I was there so I could hold him! I miss you!

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  4. Thank you guys all so much for your input...it all helps!

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