Sleep training

For the past 2 1/2 weeks, I’ve stopped letting Joshua take his naps on me. This has made nap times very difficult, because he cries and cries when I put him in his crib. It takes a long time to sooth him to sleep.

Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m doing the right thing by continuing to train him to sleep in the crib on his own. It just seems like whatever effort I put in doesn’t have much of a pay-off. When he used to nap on me, he napped longer and I got to snooze a bit as well.

At night, he still wakes up 2 or 3 times. Last night we started to only feed him once during the night (rather than twice). This is an effort to reduce the number of times he gets up in the night. We’ll see how that goes. I’m not the most optimistic about this training, because I think Joshua likes it when we sooth him back to sleep or nurse him back to sleep…either way I think he’s going to continue getting up 2 or 3 times a night.

He’s a week shy of 4 months old. That means it’s been almost 4 months that I had a full night’s sleep. On one hand I’m getting more used to this, but on the other hand I think I’m just getting used to being over-tired all the time. I do look forward to the day that he sleeps through the night. I think it will make a world of difference for how I feel physically and mentally.


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