First off let me start off by saying... we have tried every single sleep solution. We have read multiple books, tried the pat to sleep, gradual extinction, co-sleeping, etc. Ferber is our last resort. So, if you clicked on this post to flame me for using the Ferber method please don't waste your time. This is our very last resort, I already am upset about using it and really need support not scolding. Thanks.
We just started the Ferber Method yesterday. Our daughter is 15 months old. The past 24 hours have pretty much been a living hell for her (and us). All morning she has been a zombie. I just put her in her crib for nap time (she is starting to drop the mid-morning nap but she was falling asleep on the floor in the living room so I thought I would offer it) and I don't see how in the world she is still awake. She only slept laying down for about 3 hours last night... the rest standing up. So here are my questions:
- Should I only let her CIO for the allotted mid-morning nap time (usually 45 minutes) or should I keep on until she cracks? I don't want to get her nap schedule off so I'm assuming it is the first.
- How long before we can expect her to finally crack? This is insane. She falls asleep sitting up when we get her out of her crib but still has the energy to cry in her crib. I feel horrible for her.
- Do you make her stay in her crib for the whole "bedtime" if she wakes up early in the morning?