My five month-old daughter is a champ at going to bed at night but almost exactly an hour after she has been asleep, she wakes up crying. As a first time, overbearing mom, I have been immediately running up to her room, picking her up and rocking her back to sleep. Well, I created a nasty little habit and bedtime turned into a 3-5 hour ordeal. She cries, I run, she goes back to sleep, she cries, I run, she goes back to sleep, etc etc.. I feel as if I am in my own version of the movie, “Groundhog Day.”
So after getting no where with all the no-cry sleep solutions, I resorted to the heart wrenching-stomach-nauseating cry it out method which I didn’t believe in and didn’t want to do but felt out of options and out of my mind with exhaustion. Three days into it and I am beside myself with misery and guilt. Everyone keeps telling me to hang in there and this is going to help teach her to put herself back to sleep and in the long run it is the best thing for her.
Am I doing the right thing? Is there anything I could do to make this easier for her…or me? Have any of you other mamas done this and how long did it take before he/she caught on that no one was coming to pick them up? Did they learned how to go back to sleep? Any advice to get through this, including brands of super strong earplugs, is greatly appreciated. – Erin