Okay so it has been over a week now of Controlled Crying.
It has actually been going well. As I have previously mentioned in my Bedtimes post Little Man hasn’t been too bad.
98% of the time he falls asleep within ten minutes of moaning. 1% of the time he cries a little longer. The worst was two hours. I ended up giving him another feed because he sounded so croaky from all the crying and he seemed like he just needed a mummy cuddle, daddy had put him to bed that night, so that will be something we need to work on a bit before I go on nights just in case…
The other 1% of the time he falls asleep straight away. Usually if this happens he will wake up within two hours and we have to start it over but again it does not last long.
I know it can be heart breaking to hear them crying but for us it worked, well it is working. It’s not perfect yet but I’m happy. He’s happier in the mornings as well which makes us all a little better.
He is waking once in the night for a feed still but he goes back to sleep pretty easily. We did have a couple of days when he didn’t and was up for a few hours but generally he has pretty good.
I sometimes work earlies which means waking at 6am and starting work at 7:30am. Big Man said he would give Little Man a bottle so that I could sleep through. However the one time I did and early this week Big Man woke and said he was feeling sick so I ended up having to do the feed anyway and I never ended up going back to sleep so I was awake from 4:30am which made the day suck a bit, but the 4 and a half hours of undisturbed sleep I did get actually made me feel pretty good so I felt I could last the day. Except the mandatory training bit. That was hard. I struggled hard to keep awake.
If you have been struggling to decide whether to try it or not I do suggest you try.
Try it for a good few days, like a week and then review it from then. The second day was way better than the first. Make sure you do it for naps as well. Also make sure you have things to do, like make dinner or have something to watch. I put EastEnders on the laptop, this means I can watch it live but still pause it if I need to go up and check on him.
If you try it or have tried it let me know how you found it!