G was quickly approaching her one year birthday when I really started talking about all the ins and outs of motherhood and our ups and downs. It was at that same time that we started a modified sleep training. Before the sleep training, G would not fall asleep on her own. She would have to be nursed or rocked to sleep and then gently placed into her crib. As she approached her first birthday, sleep training was necessary for the sanity of our home. Thirty minutes of rocking or nursing was just not cutting it for our family, especially at nearly one year old.
The modified sleep training we did was similar to the Ferber method. We put her in the crib and then would check on her after so many minutes. It took us a week, but we all fell into a nice routine, and she has been able to fall asleep on her own. She typically naps nicely in the car and takes nice naps in her crib. We have a pretty strict schedule for her everyday, but she thrives on the routine. I think we all do.
All this leads me up to this past week. I know that G is cutting some molars. Actually she has quite a few teeth that still need to come in. G is a late bloomer when it comes to getting teeth. She didn’t get her first tooth until after her first birthday.
Okay, got sidetracked a bit on the teeth there.
Bedtime and nap time have become terrible. We put G into the crib and she starts crying out. “Da-ddy, Mom-ee, Da-Da, Maaaaa-Ma.” You get the point. At first we were going in there to comfort her, rub her back and help calm her down. But, as soon as we would leave the room, she was upright and jumping up and down in the crib.
Then we tried a different approach. Ignore. That didn’t work either. Not sure if it would have worked because T.J. “Da-Da” went in there after 45 minutes and talked her down to sleep.
Then a last approach. Once G starts her screaming and yelling we wait 10 minutes and then T.J. walks into her room and says, “Lie down and go to sleep” in a firm tone…all business and walks out. This seems to work.
Is this a toddler sleep digression? Are we sleep training again?