Are there any options other than CIO to eliminate extra night waking?

Thank you for your reply. Yes, she gets 3 solid naps a day – a morning nap, an afternoon nap, and a late afternoon nap. Bedtime routine starts around 2.5 hours after last nap ends. HOWEVER, I nurse her to sleep and I nurse her when she wakes up at night. So maybe she is not able to put herself back to sleep when she is waking up after 2 hours. I am not a fan of CIO, so I guess I will just suck it up and deal with it, and hope she eventually grows out of it. If only babies could tell you exactly what was wrong!

CIO is definitely not the only way! You can start by giving yourself just a slow list of goals to work on each week. Ex: maybe you spend one week just working on learning to rock her to sleep. IF she gets too fussy or frustrated in your arms, let her latch back on to comfort a bit, and then try again by unlatching and rocking again (when she’s still awake). Keep consistent and typically after about a week she’ll become accepting of rocking as her new bedtime routine! You can start to carry this same process into the night for any non-feeding wake ups. Any feeding wake ups that are no longer needed you can reduce down by nursing less and less time each night over the course of several days. From there you can transition into cribside soothing (rubbing her back at cribside), then sitting by her crib, and slowly work your way out the door. We often walk families through slower phased plans as part of sleep consults. Definitely not need to “suck it up”! If you are feel exhausted and overwhelmed from lack of sleep there are slowly, more supportive ways to make a change! Best!


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  1. Isabel says:

    Thanks for this! The reminder to break it up into small goals (baby steps!) and the reassurance that educated scientists believe there is another way besides CIO!

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