Thursday, March 27, 2008
The Ferberization of Samuel James: Day One
1) John and I have not slept for more than about two hours at a time over the past few weeks, and
2) There is no question that Sam is getting enough to eat, and
3) Sam is about 3.5 months old, and
4) our next door neighbors are out of town for the next week or so
our doctor recommended we begin some sleep training ala a variation of the Ferber method, or, more commonly known as the "cry it out" method. Multiple friends have warned us that this is a heart-wrenching process and to be prepared to cry right along with him.
We are almost 4 hours into the process, and so far it's been a welcome relief. Instead of rocking Sam for 30 minutes while he's crying in order to get him to sleep, we let him cry in his crib for 15 minutes until he's gotten himself to sleep (we check in on him at various intervals...although his doctor said, "Well, if he's crying you know he's breathing).
I'm sure it will get tougher as we go along (especially tonight), but for now, this seems to be the kindest, most practical thing for Sam.
Posted by Amanda at 10:15 AM