Posted by: Rose's Daughter | July 13, 2010

Crying It Out: The Aftermath

So we survived.

Or rather, Pookah  survived our first night of Crying it Out.

C-Dub was determined.  And since I agreed and I am beyond sleep deprived, I committed to see it through.  For one night at least. 

C-Dub of course, thinks the night was a success.  He always thinks the night goes better than it really does.  I think that’s because he usually sleeps through most of Pookah’s awake time.  But this is how the night REALLY went:

  • Pookah still woke up every 2 hours.  I just didn’t go to him every two hours.
  • He still had his 3 am “I want to wake up and talk” time.  The only difference was that this time, I left him in there.  To talk to himself. Alone. In the dark.  he cried at the end of his time for about 5 minutes.
  • He still got fed twice last night.   Once at about 1 am, and the last time at 430.  I figured he didn’t need to be deprived of food as well as CIO all in one night.  We’ll save weaning for another time.
  • He still woke up at 6 am.  I just let him stay in his bed talking to himself until 7 am.

C-Dub wanted to continue with naps.  I thought I had read somewhere to focus on going to sleep at night first then naps.  But C-Dub still wanted to try. 

That was a BIG FAT FAIL.

He cried for 30 minutes straight.  And there was no C-Dub to hold me back from going in the room this time.  So, I rescued him.  He cried even harder when he saw me, and it took 10 minutes to calm him down.

I put him down the regular way( nursed him to sleep and then eased him down in his crib without waking him)

He’s sleeping well. 

Oh well. Night two of sleep training tonight……..



  1. I thought before I had Nellie that CIO couldn’t possibly be that hard.

    I tried a modified CIO a while back and I can’t do it. Josh can’t do it either. I will admit, though, the other morning I heard Nellie on the monitor chatting and cooing. I wasn’t due to get up for another 45 min or so. Since she wasn’t crying, I turned off the monitor and dozed until she started fussing and crying a little bit before I got her.

  2. oh man, CIO is hard. I wimped out when we tried it a few months ago. It seemed to work by the 3rd night though, but then we weren’t home the next few nights to do CIO, and I didn’t want to “restart” again, so I haven’t retried it since. I figure, he’ll figure out this sleeping thing on his own….I hope. I dunno.

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