(This is what I got from the book & what happened as a result)
Up until 6 weeks don't expect enough maturity for your baby to sleep through the night.. just try REALLY hard not to let them get over tired.
6 weeks you will notice your child wanting to sleep earlier in the evening, say bed time goes from 10pm to around 8.
TICK (exactly 6 weeks Bastian did this)
Now you can try sleep training.. YAY!
Have a night time ritual, a wind down time.
Bastian has boobie time.
soothing time 10 - 15 min (low lights, and a nibble)
- I think I might add book time here too
Then we put him down, turn the lights off and leave the room.
This is the extinction or 'let cry' method because Dr Weissbluth says the most important thing at bed time is consistency and I'm terrible when it comes to being consistent with controlled crying and he's too BIG for me to rock to sleep.
So extinction seemed the best option.
He probably whinges for 10 minutes and then lays there until he falls asleep. (aka puts himself to sleep, OH yeah go Bastian)
Weissbluth says: Hes crying because he loves me and wants to spend more awake time with me, just like if he was crying because he wanted to cross the road on his own, I know better. AND so will not pick him up!.. this was really hard the first couple of nights.
although BONUS because if I were to rock him it would take close to 2 hours (apparently this can stimulate him to try to stay awake.. well who would've thought)
Weissbluth also says don't be under the impression that keeping him up longer will make him sleep longer. Sleep begets sleep. Tired begets over-tired/wired.
(Yeah, tried to keep him up before I got the book & you don't want to know what happened)
Anyway after the first two days of using this method Bastian would sleep 6 pm to 12 am then 12.30 to 5 am then 5.30 am to 8 am. Which is a whole lot better than getting up every 4 hours.
Now for me, thats pretty good .. but THEN.
Last night after 5 days of using this method Sebastian cut out his 12 am feed himself.
YES thats right he slept from 8 pm to 5 am then 5.30 am to 8 am
TICK TICK TICK
DR WEISSBLUTH YOUR MY HERO!
(A massive thanks to Kristen who suggested this book for me to read)
p.s: the book caters for children from birth till.. (unsure) I'm only half way through because Bastian isn't old enough to really bother reading anymore.
As he gets older I shall read the appropriate chapter and see what to do next!