All posts tagged: sleep training

Experts Argue Against Cry It Out

I personally don’t believe in the “cry it out” technique to get babies to sleep at night. If a baby is crying it’s because they want comforting. And as a mom, it’s my job to do that, even if it means I won’t sleep for a few years. I made it through with my daughter and she eventually started sleeping through the night when she turned three (I KNOW, I KNOW). I’m pulling all-nighters with our 9 month-old son and doctors are telling us it’s time to sleep train. My husband agrees because he, of course, wants to get a full night’s sleep. But I disagree. And so do these doctors.  Read this article published on BellyBelly.com, “Cry It Out – 6 Educated Professionals Who Advise Against It.”     Advertisements

Save the Mombies

New Mombies are initiated into society on a daily basis. This exhausted segment of the female population can usually be identified by dark circles under her eyes, a staggering walk, and a cup of coffee in her hand. Women turn into Mombies after giving birth and only one thing can stop them: sleep. Yet, scary statistics reveal that mothers of children under 18-months-old are barely clocking in five hours a night. My son is nine months old and I’m getting about four hours of sleep a night. He just wants to be held to sleep and then cries when I lay him down. So, I’m a Mombie. I could try sleep training, but as working mom who only sees her baby at night, I feel awful watching him cry. If he wants mommy love, he will get it! We were doing much better than the every two hour wake up,  but I suspect teething might be a cause for his wake-ups. For now, I’ll just take it one day at a time and enjoy my …

Transitioning from Co-Sleeping to the Crib

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog. As a working mommy, once my 9-5 is over, I disconnect from the virtual world and focus on my baby. Genevieve just turned ten months old. That means I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in ten months. Longer, actually, if you count all the restless nights of pregnancy. At this age, the doctors say we’re supposed to eliminate nighttime feedings because babies should be sleeping through the night. Ha! Ha! Ha! The doctors can come to my house if they’d like to sleep train my baby, but as a working mom, I choose cuddle time and sleep over the rules. I do what’s best for my family. That means co-sleeping in the same bed. I love that I get to have these precious nighttime moments since I miss so much of her daily activity. However, she’s been waking up a bit more often than usual. I attribute recent sleep disturbances to teething and the fact that she really seems to want to sleep on her …