Teagan's Sandbox

Mom Life

Sleep Training in One Week

Before I had gone back to work, I never got Teagan into a sleep routine as far as naps go. That child has always loved and been fine with her bedtime and sleeping through the nights but naps are a different story. I assumed once she started daycare she would naturally fall into a sleep routine, especially with all the stimulation she would get there.

Yeah, that never happened. Occasionally she would sleep 30-45 minutes out of the 8 hours she was there. To me that just never seemed healthy. She would fall asleep on our 5 minute drive home everyday and nap for 1-2 hours, wake up for 1 hour and then go down for the night. It was really sad for Cary and I because that meant we were really never getting to interact with her.

Once I quit, I decided we were going to try sleep training. The first 4 days, I didn’t want to do the whole cry it out thing. I would nurse her, put her in her crib and she would immediately wake up and start crying. I stayed in there with her and gave her a pacifier and would try to calm her down without picking her up but it would never work. So I would pick her up and rock her for a few minutes until she would either calm down and fall asleep or calm down enough to put back in her crib.

This whole process was getting really frustrating for both me and Teagan. After a few days of no luck or consistency, I decided to try the cry it out method. Now I know a lot of people are against it but I am not opposed to letting Teagan cry for a reasonable amount of time. We would do it when she was awake and playing and she was forced to wait and cry at daycare just simply because of the ratio so I know she knows how to self soothe.

So the first nap we tried it and she cried for about 15 minutes and I went in and rocked her, put her back in her crib. She cried for 3 minutes and then went to sleep. The second nap she cried for 11 minutes and then went to sleep. It made her more fussy at actual bedtime which we never had issues with in the past so I was nervous but after a few days of doing cry it out and staying consistent we went back to normal.

Now we are at the point where I don’t even have to feed or rock her before a nap. I just take her up to her room when she shows the sleepy cues and put her in her crib. She will cry the second I put her in her crib but the second I shut the door she stops. Clearly she is trying to work one over on me but I learned pretty quickly that the longer I stay in the room the more upset she gets. She will typically just roll over and go to sleep. Other time she will play with her wubbanub for 10 minutes and then go to sleep but I’d say we are officially sleep trained.

Her morning nap is the long one ranging 1-2 hours. Sometimes 2.5 hours. Her second nap is really all over the place. On Tuesday it was 1.5 hours, Thursday it was 25 minutes. We don’t have a lot of consistency on that second one but that’s okay. She’s still getting some sleep and that is all that matters to me.

Since sleep training, Cary and I have both noticed a huge difference in her during her awake hours. She never cries or fusses anymore unless she is getting tired. Most days she will go the entire day without crying one time. As long as I act on her sleepy cues fast enough we are in the clear. I try to stay pretty strict with her schedule. We don’t stay out passed her bedtime. I make plans around her morning nap and I try to keep our routines… well routine.

Now I know the cry it out method doesn’t work for every baby and some people just don’t feel comfortable with it and I think that is 100% okay. Every baby and family is different and I feel strongly that you need to find what works for you guys and go with it. My only job is to do what I think is best for Teagan and I’d say we are all pretty happy with how our sleep training has gone thus far.

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • “Just go home ball” is pretty much what I imagine him saying! My husband is pretty eager for the weather to warm up so he can get back on the course regularly! Are you or your significant other feeling the same way? If so, just know that Golf Galaxy has everything you need to swing into the New Year! Check out their awesome apparel and golf gear! #swingintothenewyear #golfgalaxy #sponsored @golfgalaxy
  • Beau is missing his little sweetie Ella today 💕💙 #babylove
  • As most of you know, we’ve been ditching and switching most of the toxic products in our home over the past year and replacing them with better plant based products. The process felt overwhelming to start with but each month we tossed one thing and it made it feel so much more attainable. .
When people ask me where to start, I almost always say ditch the toxic laundry detergent and dryer sheets. This affects the entire family. Switching that means no more wearing clothes and rolling in sheets that are filled with chemicals 24/7. These chemicals are transferred onto your skin and your children’s skin and absorbed into your body throughout the entire day 😖
.
Scan your products with the @thinkdirty app and see how they rate. Most of them will have chemicals that have been linked to irritation of the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, developmental/reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, cancer and so much more. That’s scary enough for me to just avoid all together. #knowbetterdobetter #gimmealltheplants
  • People make fun of Valentine’s Day but I love it. We don’t exchange gifts but I love the reminder to love and acknowledge the one you are with. Happy Valentine’s Day my love! Celebrating it with a throwback to the days when phone pictures were terrible quality, we were much younger, thinner, tanner, less wrinkles and spent our money traveling the world. I love you so much and this beautiful life we’ve built together 🖤
  • Some days I honestly feel like I’m drowning in all the things. I need to say this to myself everyday. And repeat it all day long. 🖤
  • Because we are still in denial over the @saints not being in the Super Bowl today! We will get em next year 🏈🖤
  • I love the month of love 💗Diffusing all my favorite reds, pinks and purples all month long! This month my mantra is “Hustle and Heart will set you apart” because I feel some big things in the works 💜
  • I love you so much. 💕
📷: @celticgrayphotography