Shaylin is a very inconsistent sleeper. She tends to get into a new routine every 2 weeks. I never really know what to expect. I got a good eater, not a good sleeper, I guess.
Her latest change is something I'm really liking & hope it's here to stay.
Pretty much since birth her bedtime routine ends with me holding her on the couch till she falls asleep. Over 13 months later I regret that I didn't do something different. It has made some nights very difficult.
Last week there was a night where Shaylin just would not fall asleep. She kept looking around, playing with my hair, whatever she could do to stay awake. So I decided that from then on I would not hold her for longer than 30 minutes. Then I'd lay her down & let her cry it out if need be.
The first time was hard. There was about 20 minutes of crying/screaming (Shaylin's really more of a screamer). But then this week something changed. She's still looking around, being goofy. But then I carry her to her room, give her a kiss & tell her I love her, lay her down, & leave.
And you know what? I've done this now for 4 nights in a row (counting tonight) & she hasn't cried at all. Sometimes I hear her talk for a bit but that's it. She seems to actually just roll over & go to sleep on her own! I'm so proud of her!
Now the real test will be if this continues for more than 2 weeks.