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Posted: July 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | 2 Comments »

How do you feel about CIO (Cry-it-Out)?

A little background: I work overnights so Mr. Wonderful was home with the boys all night by himself. At 13 months they still were not sleeping more than 1-2 hours at a stretch, as soon as one would go down, the other one would wake up. They would go down around 10 or 11 and be up by 5am for the day.  They would not sleep unless they were bounced /rocked asleep. Every time they woke up they got a bottle of milk.  This was obviously not working for anyone.  The boys didn’t sleep or nap.  Mr. Wonderful didn’t sleep.  I was bombarded every morning with a bad report on the night before and I was feeling a bit helpless because, well, I wasn’t there and there was nothing I could do about it. 
Did you use this method for sleep training?
Yes.  Once we decided we were going to give it a try we surveyed our Facebook friends on any tips going into it and just went for it.  We figured it would be a pretty long drawn out process but by the second day it was much better and by the end of the first week we were pretty much on a 10 hour sleep schedule.  Mr. Wonderful did try and put a stop to it after day 1 but I insisted we push through.  Day 2 was so much easier.  By the middle of the week we’d put them in their cribs and they’d lay right down.   Here is a glimpse of week one of CIO at our house.
How well did/do your multiples sleep?
Before CIO they were horrible sleepers.  Now we get 11-12 hours a night plus a 2-3 hour nap around 3 hours after they get up in the morning.  It’s amazing.

Do you think you are/were more likely to allow a child to CIO because he/she is a multiple?
No, I think we just got to the point where we needed to try SOMETHING and it didn’t really matter that there were two of them.  It just so happened that the first thing we tried (CIO) was the thing that worked.  If the new baby isn’t sleeping through the night by 6 months we’ll be looking to get him on a schedule ASAP- we will not be limping along on 1-2 hours of sleep at 13 months like last time.  That said we’ll be co-sleeping so it’ll be a whole new ballgame where sleep is concerned.

What instances do you think it is appropriate, or inappropriate to allow a child to CIO?
I wouldn’t let an infant under 6 months CIO and I probably wouldn’t let an infant with known medical issues CIO.  It’s not like you let them scream for hours- 10-15 minutes at the most and usually less than that was our experience.  We also never really had the total melt-down crying so that probably made it a bit easier on us.  I think when you get to a year and you are still not sleeping, you need to try something and sometimes that may seem drastic and it may be out of your comfort zone, but you might be surprised.  You might have one bad night and then have bad habits fall by the wayside.  You never know.

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2 Comments on “Question of the Week!”

  1. 1 Safire said at 8:45 pm on July 18th, 2010:

    Yay for sleep! Glad you're hubby is getting some of the good stuff. 🙂

  2. 2 Elizabeth Mahlou said at 4:46 am on July 25th, 2010:

    Nope, I never let my children (now grown) cry it out. From what I can see, my son does not let his children cry it out, either. I could never see the reason for that. But doctors will probably tell you differently. Good luck!

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