Controlled crying sleep technique
Baby JOOD had interesting sleeping habits which I initially encouraged but knew were not sustainable. He had to be rocked to sleep, held throughout the duration of the sleep and screamed the moment you tried to leave him.It got so bad that we were co-sleeping even for short naps.
During Baby JOOD eight months review, the health visitor advised I break the habit before I resumed work and gave me lots of helpful tips. To cut the story short, I needed to set baby routines and follow them through. Setting the routines was easy,the tough part was getting Baby JOOD to follow the routine.
Controlled crying sleep technique is a quick way to get babies to settle into sleep routines quickly. It’s not for the faint hearted! I had read about it a while ago but did not want to use it because I felt it was kind of brutal. After trying other techniques unsuccessfully , I decided to use it.
I repeat it, this routine is definitely not for the faint hearted. The main advantage of it is that within a week (hopefully) a baby could get use to the routine while main disadvantage is that you feel like a monster that has betrayed an innocent baby’s trust.
Day one was a nightmare. I established the sleep routine which constituted of a bottle of warm milk, a bath, a bedtime story and then placing baby on his cot with his singing cot mobile. Cute right? But no sooner had I laid him on the bed, was he up again crying. Probably wondering what was wrong with me. Had I forgotten he likes to be rocked and placed on my chest throughout the night?
As recommended in controlled crying technique, I gently explained that it was bedtime, he had to sleep and we will resume play the next day. I left him for the longest 1 minute of my life. He was crying, probably wondering why bad mummy had left him in his horrible cot. I prayed my neighbours would not wonder what I was doing to my baby. I had to try and distract myself.
After 1 minute, I went back to calm and lay him down again. I was to leave him to soothe himself to sleep and this entailed me allowing him to cry for intervals after which I soothed him in a minute without picking him up from the cot. He finally slept after about 30 minutes.
The next day, he slept within 10 minutes which was a much welcomed progress as my strength to bear his cries was very weak. On the third day, Baby JOOD had a cracked voice from continuous crying. I felt horrible and knew there was no way I was going to allow my baby cry even for a second more.
Mercifully, he was already yawning when I dressed him for bed and slept off the moment he was on the cot. God knew I would have gone back to co-sleeping than allow Baby JOOD cry again with a cracked voice. The next day was a success too and within a week our sleep routine was established.
If you are considering controlled crying routine, you have to be ready to really feel guilty of betraying your innocent baby’s trust and the worst monster!