My “baby” Mary — really a toddler now — has never fallen asleep on her own in her crib. Not even once. I was much tougher on the boys, “Ferberizing” them by the sixth month or so. I don’t know why I’ve spoiled her so — am I subconsciously coddling my only girl? I think more likely it’s that snugging her to sleep is an excuse for me to crash on the couch in front of the TV at night.
Well, we’ve had it. She’s getting so old that she won’t just relax and cuddle any more and it has become a battle. I don’t want to be doing this for the next several years, so last night, we started the process of letting her cry at intervals in her crib until she fell asleep. Let this be a lesson to you! Don’t wait until a child is this old (almost two) to do this — it is so much harder! I’ve always recommended the famous Ferber book, which when followed completely has worked for lots and lots of people I know, including myself three times.
Here is our Ferber Report, night #1:
2 hours of crying (we comforted her every 15 minutes) at bedtime; 1 hour in the middle of the night
She is bright-eyed and chipper this morning, Matt and I considerably less so. And, she still seems to like me. One night down.