After having a lot of sleep trouble with my first, I decided to start looking into alternative methods to help my new baby develop heathy sleep habits. I wanted to gently teach her to sleep longer stretches at night so that we could all get a better nights sleep. When Elizabeth Pantly, author of the No-Cry Sleep Series contacted me to review her book on the Babe + Belly blog, I jumped at the opportunity. Elizabeth is a mother of 4 and a parenting educator. Her gradual approach to better sleep really appealed to me and I was excited to learn more.
In her book, Elizabeth recommends that you keep a sleep log and I've decided to share it here with my readers. My daughter's sleeping habits were great for the first few months but by the third month, it seemed to be breaking down and began taking a toll on us as parents.
My first entry is actually a reflection of what the past two weeks have been like for us. It's been a lot of restless nights and difficult days. I am really hoping that this book will help us get some much needed sleep!
About The No-Cry Sleep Solution
There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby "cry it out," or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don't believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley's sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution.
Pantley's successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley's guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming naptime and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night's sleep--all with no crying.
Tips from The No-Cry Sleep Solution:
- Uncover the stumbling blocks that prevent baby from sleeping through the night
- Determine--and work with--baby's biological sleep rhythms
- Create a customized, step-by-step plan to get baby to sleep through the night
- Use the Persistent Gentle Removal System to teach baby to fall asleep without breast-feeding, bottlefeeding, or using a pacifier
My Sleep Log:
Bedtime 7:00pm Time Fell Asleep: 7:45pm How: Nursed/Rocked
Wake Up 8:30pm How baby work up: Cry How long awake; what we did Nursed 3 min How long of a sleep stretch 45 min
Wake Up 12:15am How baby work up: Cry How long awake; what we did Nursed 15 min How long of a sleep stretch 3 hours 45 min
Wake Up 3:05am How baby work up: Cry How long awake; what we did Nursed 15 min How long of a sleep stretch 2 hours 35 min
Wake Up 6:00am How baby work up: Cry How long awake; what we did Nursed 10 min How long of a sleep stretch 2 hours 35 min
Wake Up 8:30am How baby work up: Stirring How long of a sleep stretch 2 hours 20 min
Bedtime 7:00pm Time Fell Asleep: 7:20pm How: Nursed/Rocked (woke up several times between 7:20 - 8:30 pm, each time I nursed her back to sleep.
Down: 8:30 Wake Up 11:00pm How baby work up: Cry How long awake; what we did Nursed 10 min How long of a sleep stretch 2 hours 30 mins
Wake Up 4:30 am (that's right)!!!! How baby work up: Cry How long awake; what we did Nursed 15 min How long of a sleep stretch 5 hours 20 min
Wake Up 5:45am How baby work up: Cry How long awake; what we did She came into bed with me and we nursed and snuggled. She didn't really go back to sleep but relaxed until we woke up at 6:30am