My DD is 5mo old. She has had a major sleep regression, although she has never slept too well. She has outgrown her rock n play and I'm trying to move her to her crib. It seriously takes me forever to get her down, just to have her wake up a half hour later every night. Last night, out of desperation and after trying to get her down for two hours (like most other nights) I decided to let her cry it out. It was torture, but she cried for 25 minutes, I checked on her every 5 and she put her self to sleep. I thought she'd stay asleep for a few hours, but no. She woke an hour later. We let her CIO again with checks. Only took 10 minutes this time. I tried to sleep myself but she woke an hour later. At this point it had been 4 hours since she last ate, so I figured she may be hungry so I nursed her and changed her, she fell asleep in my arms. Laid her down, she woke up. Cried for 5 min, fell asleep. Then for the next half hour she slept for 5 minutes and then woke SCREAMING bloody murder. Repeat 5 mins sleep, 5 minutes scream. I have never heard screams like this before. I couldn't take it anymore, so I scooped her up and nursed her to sleep and put her in bed with me, where she stayed until this morning.
I do not know what to do. I'm desperate. Something needs to work. CIO was my last resort and I need it to work but I feel AWFUL and depressed after last night. I feel like it was all for nothing because I gave in. I don't want to bedshare. I have a very plush pillow top mattress and I just don't feel like it's safe.
Anyone have any advice? Do I have to let her CIO for naps today for it to be effective? Do you think last night did any good since she put her self to sleep or did I ruin it by picking her up? I need this to work but I don't know if I can put us through another night like last night.
PLEASE do not judge me and if you don't have anything helpful to say, please don't reply. I don't want to start a CIO topic war.