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steady on the grind

I know I’ve been away for a while. The end of the semester is kicking my butt, and I’m working on staying afloat. So, right now I’m trying to hammer out the lit review section of a child study for my Data Analysis class, while LA shows me who’s boss by refusing to nap in her crib. But that’s another post for another time 🙂

Anyone have advice on how to teach an almost 9 month old how to self-soothe without the cry-it-out method??

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4 comments on “steady on the grind

  1. Chi-Chi
    December 13, 2009

    I can’t recommend highly enough The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley. It’s not some magic cure but it gives lots of good suggestions. Basically, what it boils down to is having a set nighttime/naptime routine that they can look forward to/expect. Pantley has a lot of good ideas in there for gently getting your child into healthy sleeping habits.

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  2. Sarah
    December 13, 2009

    The no cry sleep solution was a win with us. Good luck.

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  3. rachelbk
    December 13, 2009

    I am the bedtime routine nazi. Farty knows it is bath, story, milk and bed at the same time every night. In that order, no exceptions. It has been that way since we got home from the hospital, and I can count on my fingers the number of nights he has put up a fight about going to bed, and those were due to either illness or teething. He is in bed by 7pm and sleeps until about 6 or 6:30am.
    He has a rainforest music thing in his crib that he can control the volume, songs, etc on, and he sometimes pushes those buttons a few times before he falls asleep. I also sneak in and put a few books and a truck at the foot of his crib to keep him busy if he wakes up while I am getting ready for work in the morning.
    I am sure that it won’t work for everyone, and I admit, Farty has always been a pretty easy kid in the sleep department. But if you give LA a few things to keep her busy and not run in at the fist whimper, maybe she will learn some self soothing skills?

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  4. halfadozen
    December 14, 2009

    The no cry sleep solution, my friend. It was our way, and it worked wonders. Our child was an awesome self soother, once we caught on! And lets just say it didn;t start out that way…

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