This column is dedicated to all you new parents out there, who like us, are suffering from sleep deprivation. We're working on sleep training with Sam and these columns chronicle our progress. We're using the No Cry Sleep Solution as the foundation for our plan.
August 15-August 28: Establish a bedtime routine (bath, book, boob, bundle, bed). Pop him off the breast before he falls asleep. Joe walked him to sleep a lot. Our goal: Break the habit of being nursed to sleep.
August 28: Started going back to work. Lots of crappy sleep. Want to completely abandon the sleep plan completely.
Early September: Sam starts napping better at daycare. Who knows why? Still sleeping crappy at night. Still want to abandon the sleep plan.
September 20: Leave Sam to go out on a date. Experience the worse night's sleep EVER. Need to change up the plan.
September 21: Start giving Sam a "lovey" whenever we nurse. Put him down unswaddled so he can get used to sleeping through his spastic movements. Our goal: Now he's not being nursed to sleep, break the habit of swaddling.
September 27: Start putting him in his crib awake. I sit next to the crib and stroke his head while he stares at his mobile and goes to sleep. Our goal: no nursing, no swaddling, no walking to sleep. He falls asleep in his own crib. It's been working for the last three nights (knock on wood!)