We just completed the first night of sleep training using methods in The Happy Sleeper. It basically means letting them cry, but doing 5 minute checks where you walk in, repeat a line that you’ve scripted, and then walk out. No touching, soothing, etc.
Charlotte basically did not sleep last night. She was up crying/fussing/kicking ALL NIGHT. We compared notes this morning and we think she slept for about 3 stretches of 45-60 minutes and that’s it.
I cried almost as much as she did. Partly because it was killing me to hear her cry, and partly out of frustration.
Everyone I know who has tried this method has had a long-ish stretch of crying followed by a nice long stretch of sleep. Naturally, my baby would be the anomaly.
I’m giving it two more nights. If I don’t see some improvement and reduction in crying, there’s no way I can continue this. I already feel like the worst mom ever. I can’t even believe she cried all night. She is totally exhausted today. She just needs to sleep. We all just need to sleep. I don’t understand why this is so hard for us.