During my pregnancy, a good friend of mine told me about the book Baby Wise. She had used it with her first son and was very successful so she was starting it with her newborn. I bought the book and tried to read it while I was pregnant but I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t know what to expect once Cameron was here so the book was kind of pointless. When we brought Cameron home, like most new parents, we had no idea what our night time routine would be. We set up a pack and play in our room and every time he cried we picked him up and held/rocked him until he fell asleep or I fed him. Needless to say, it’s only been 2 weeks but we quickly saw that this was not working. By last night Cam had gotten to the point that if he wasn’t being held he was screaming his head off. So last night Michael was staying up with him in the living room so I could get some sleep for a few hours. Around midnight I came out to the living room to find Cameron screaming his head off and Mike reading Baby Wise. He said that he had just picked it up to read the chapter about what to do when your baby cries since Cam was refusing to stop. He ended up reading the entire book in about an hour and a half. When I got up he said that he thought we should try it.
For those of you that don’t know, the main idea of Baby Wise is to get your child on a eating/waking/sleeping schedule. You are supposed to feed him every 2 1/2 – 3 hours. After you feed him for 30 minutes you are supposed to keep him awake for about an hour and then you are supposed to put them down for an hour nap, then repeat. The key is to put the baby down for the nap when they are awake so he learns to put himself to sleep. Now the hard part of this is that if the baby cries once in bed you just ignore it. You hope and pray that it won’t last long and that he will cry himself to sleep. Now according to the book, this is worth it because in just a few weeks we should be able to put Cameron down without a peep, which will lead to a much better rested and happier baby in the long run.
So we decided to go for it last night. At about 12:30 we put Cameron in his bed (the first time by the way) and shut the door. Needless to say, he was not happy. He would cry for about 25 minutes straight, rest for 5 – 10 minutes and then start crying again. It was SO HARD to stay in my room and let him do this. Everything in me wanted to run in there and hold him really tight until he calmed down. I was strong however and stayed in my bed. I fed him again at around 4:00 and did the whole routine again. This time he only cried for about 15 minutes and then he went to sleep until 7:30 this morning. Right now he is taking a nap. I was able to put him down on his own and he fell asleep without crying at all.
I can see where this is going to be successful but it’s just so hard to let him cry like that. Hopefully my smart little man will catch on fast and we won’t have to go through too many nights of him screaming his lungs out.