I’ve mentioned before that Baby Pencil was not an easy infant. I’ve read countless articles stating that a big reason why certain babies are fussy is simply because they are tired and don’t get enough quality sleep. (Well, that makes sense seeing how cranky I get with no sleep!) I never wanted to try the crying it out method because it sounded awful to me. He was just a wee little baby after all! I was starting to be okay having a constantly unhappy baby. He also started sleeping about 5-7 hours per night on his own… until the raging storm of the “4 month regression” came into our lives and then everything went out the window. His naps and night sleep went back to waking up almost every hour! I was back to square one. I was once again, miserable and started to seriously consider CIO.
Life was starting to get ridiculous. My arms were about to fall off from rocking him for hours. Once he fell asleep in our arms, it would be up in the air how long he would stay asleep for. The entire house became one big white noise machine. He was getting super heavy and his legs would flop around while bouncing him. The hubs and I sat down and talked about logistics. How would we personalize this method so that it fit our specific baby? We created a game plan:
- Let baby cry it out in 3, 5, 10 minute increments.
- Only come back to shush-pat for comfort, but no picking up and leave the room completely afterwards.
- We can use the pacifier to soothe but take it away before leaving.
- Try for 3-4 days to see if there is progress. (Progress meaning he was able to fall back asleep on his own with no rocking or holding.)
- Stay firm and consistent for 3-4 days.