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A final thought on sleep training.. For now.

April 22, 2014 The Wine Time Dad 0 Comments Category :

This will be the last post I pen (type) related to sleep training. I promise. It may not be the last time you hear me talk about baby sleep problems, but I'm over the sleep training aspect of it. Our daughter is now almost 14m and, for better or for worse, her training days are over. Of course, there may be other aspects of sleep training we will have to implement when she's older, but I'll worry about that bridge when I come to it...

If I were going to overview the success or failure of the whole process, I would say that it has been mostly successful. Not a wild success, as she still wakes up in the middle of the night and forces us out of the bedroom (maybe things would be different if we lived in a 2 bdrm). When this isn't the case, then we have to at least get out of bed and comfort her, but I suspect this is something I'll be doing over the next several years until she's 9 or 10. So, no loss there. Since I didn't know what to expect and I don't have any other children to compare her to, I'm definitely not disappointed with our results.

I imagine that if I were to give a presentation on our process of sleep training, I would sound like Obama when he talks about healthcare reform..."It is working, people.. You just have to give it time. It isn't going to be an overnight miracle." Emphasis on the 'is' because I don't have the confidence to say it without a stress.

Just like the new healthcare reform, we won't really know how much of a success [sleep training] is factually, until a year or more down the line. But, for all intents and purposes, it is working. She does still end up in the bed sometimes but for most of the night she stays in her crib. By now, she also understands the idea of her crib and knows why it is there. I thank my lucky stars that she hasn't started climbing out of it, yet.

My advice to you... is don't expect to have a perfect baby who learns to sleep in his/ her crib all the time and goes down to sleep quietly all the time. Expect it to work some of the time or even most of the time but don't be so strict that you never let your bed hogger back into bed with you. Especially during bouts of sickness or teething. Just go with the flow and you won't stress yourself out. In the long run, you'll all be better off. I mean... You don't want to have the nipple eating demon baby make an appearance, do you?