What we did/do with our son, Grayson.
So we knew before we had Grayson that we did not want to do the cry it out method.
This is not to be controversial what so ever. I do not judge anyone who feels the cry it out method is right for their baby. It’s just not what we want to do with our son. He has had health issues since the beginning and we felt crying it out wasn’t right for him. It made it real hard to teach him to self soothe only because of his acid reflux. Most times I held him while he slept (naps and bedtime) due to choking from acid reflux, so of course he got used to being held.
I was scared to share my technique with others only because I have already had people tell me, “Are you serious?” “You do that, when you can just have him cry it out for a week or so?” I understand that but this technique has worked for him and us. And if the cry it out worked for you guys, awesome, then that’s your technique. Honestly it doesn’t bother us to do what we do. So if it works for us then that’s all that matters and if it can maybe help another mama, I am going to share.
Our technique at first was just to hold him and lightly bounce him while walking around. We did that until he got too heavy to hold. haha Then we turned to what my mom would do with her grand kids. Right mom?
That’s right, the stroller. We would just put him in the stroller, turn on contemporary christian music on the TV and go in circles around the living room and kitchen. At first he would fuss a little, cause he wanted to be held but never full on cried. It could take as long as 30 to 45 minutes to get him to sleep or as short as 5 to 10 minutes at times. I always considered it being my warm up before my exercise. It’s the same as if someone went for a run and their baby fell asleep in the stroller. Except we were inside doing it! lol This is why we invested in a good stroller. (check it out in my 20 Baby Must Haves) It’s roomy enough to where he has room to stretch and lay comfortably. And if some of you are thinking, Do you let him sleep in it? Answer is no, we don’t. We transfer him into his pack n play to take his nap or go to bed. At first the transfer to and from was difficult as he would wake up and we had to start the process over. No matter how long he was asleep in the stroller, the minute we would lay him down, he popped over on all fours and eyes wide open. Picked him up and start again and until he got use to the transfer, we could be doing that 2 to 3 times. As soon as he got use to it, it was a breeze to transfer.
Now though he is almost 10 months and we just go into his room, make it dark, turn on his sound machine (check out which one we use on “20 Baby Must Haves”) and rock him in the glider then lay him in his pack n play. On a very rare occasion do we have to use the stroller.
As for sleeping, we got pretty lucky, Grayson has slept through the night since about 2 months. If he doesn’t it’s usually because he is sick, teething or something is wrong. And naps can be from 45 mins to 2 hours unless again not feeling well or teething. Other then that this little boy sleeps amazing!
This Sleep Technique may not work for everyone and some may not agree with it or think its ridiculous. Like I said this what worked for Grayson and us so if it may help a new mama looking for something other then the cry it out method then that’s all I really want.
Comment below what sleep technique you use or used on your baby, would love to hear other techniques!