Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cry It Out

My son turned 4 months back in June.  At his 4 month appointment our pediatrician gave us the go ahead to let him cry it out.   Henry only woke up once or twice throughout the night already but to get him to through the night would be amazing.  My husband and I agreed we would make Henry cry it out.  Luckily it only took 3 nights.  Three very painful and sleepless nights.  It is hard for me to sleep when my child is crying.  But magically that fourth night Henry slept all the way through!  
My Big 9mth Old :(

Here we are to today.  My son just turned 9 months.  He normally sleeps till 4 or 5 and I can nurse him and he will go back to sleep till 6 or 7 (if we are lucky).  I am sure he doesn't need that morning feeding but it works and allows me to go back to sleep quickly or start getting ready for work.  But we have run into a problem and this is where my husband and I disagree.  Last night Henry woke up twice once at 12 and once at 2.  At 12 I got up and rocked him back to sleep pretty quickly.  At 2 my husband told me to let him cry it out.  I usually see my husband’s side of things but this time I didn't agree with him.  This is not a normal thing for my son and I don’t think it would have been something he would continue in the future nights.  Well, I gave my husband the benefit of the doubt and let my son cry it out.  I actually fell asleep for a bit so it went longer than I would have liked.  I did, finally get up and rock him.  Unfortunately rocking him didn't work so I gave him 4 oz of formula.  The bottle worked and he was back to sleep.  
My son loves sleeping in his bed!

I am writing this post not to bash my husband because obviously he was wrong in this situation ;).  But I want to get other moms opinions.  I hate hearing my son cry and I will admit I am definitely a push over.  I will walk around with my son on my hip all day if I have to, to keep him from crying.  My husband is stronger than me when it comes to our son and that is why I do listen to him a lot and take his advice.  I love seeing my husband and son play!

What would you do in this situation and how do you feel about the cry it out method?

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like he is going through a growth spurt, babies usually go through one around 9 months. We did cry it out too but I only let BL do it to be able to go to sleep initially. I think they usually wake up in the middle of night because they are wet, hungry or just want to be reassured you are there. You are lucky though BL never slept through the night until after her first birthday. :)