The Sleepeasy Solution

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I’ll never forget Sweet T’s newborn photo session. It was special, adorable, and professional but what stuck out most in my mind was Sweet T being uncooperative unless swaddled and wide awake for 90% of the session. Our photographer asked, “What sleep training methodology are you using?” After thinking sleep training methowha?? I snorted and replied, “Nursing her to sleep, keeping her asleep on my chest for the night and being grateful for any shut eye I get.” She tsk tsked and explained a little about the Babywise Method. After thinking eat, play, sleep, wha?? I realized I had spent an inordinate amount of time researching pregnancy and natural childbirth and neglected to read up on actually taking care of a baby. It was the almighty and all-knowing Google to the rescue and after researching sleep training methodologies (and throwing around the word “methodology” because it makes me sound smart) I decided on the Sleepeasy Solution. Sleepeasy claims to work for babies from birth, but I think it’s a little deceptive since they emphasize that while a bedtime routine is fine, the actual training shouldn’t be used prior to the 3 1/2 to 4 month mark. It’s basically the Ferber method, but it caters to a parent’s emotional state during the process and skips the scientific mumbo jumbo (throwing around “methodology” is keeping my brain taxed enough without delving into the mechanics of baby sleep cycles). Desperation drove us to Books-a-Million one Saturday morning for the book after Sweet T had gotten only 8 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period for several days. She was chronically sleep-deprived and I was feeling like a terrible mother. After placing a call to my sister-in-law who is a mother of five, I decided to let Sweet T cry-it-out that night even though she was only 2 ½ months old. Hubs ensconced himself in the bedroom with the door shut and the box fan on full blast to protect himself from the heart-rending process. It irritated me to be left alone to face this, but since he can’t let her cry for 20 seconds, we both knew it was for the best. I commenced the bedroom routine, placed her in the crib and walked out. Both of us cried for an hour and a half before I caved and retrieved her since she had to be hungry again at this point. After nursing I placed her back in the crib and she was asleep within 10 minutes. Six peaceful hours passed before she woke up for a feeding then returned to sleep for another four hours. She;s been self-soothing to sleep within 1-10 minutes ever since even for naps, but I still feel like a jerk for letting her cry for that hour and a half. In hindsight I realize I started the bedtime routine way too early. I should have waited a couple more hours until she was really tuckered out to make things easier for her. Thank God she won’t remember her infanthood! Sometimes I feel like she’s a giant guinea pig that has to endure experimentation from mad scientists. Kid #2 will probably have it easier. I mean, we’ll have ALL the answers then, right?

I can’t say I’d want to do it over again, but the three of us sure have been enjoying our rest and Sweet T is a much happier camper! I’m looking forward to starting her on the exact schedule of SleepEasy at four months and maybe getting to go out in the evenings again sometime before the next Haley’s comet. Look for more updates on Sweet T’s sleep training progress in the upcoming months. Oh and one more thing… methodology. Had to say it again.