Before I continue with what I have to say, let me introduce myself. My name is Sam and I am the father to a beautiful girl. My wife joined The Bump when we were expecting back in July of 2014. Our LO is 7m going on 8th on the 24th of this month and we are running into some issues.
My daughter has been a handful since birth. She is what they refer to as a “high needs” baby. She constantly had to be held at all times. We got 20 minutes out the swing and bouncer. We actually have 3 swings: Fisher Price, Bright Stars?, and the 4Moms Mommaroo and she only likes the FP one. Once she turned 5 months and was able to sit up on her things got easier.
As you can tell by the title of this topic, this post is in regards to self soothing, My daughter cannot be put down to sleep on her own. She needs to be rocked, nursed, or given a bottle to sleep. She currently sleeps in a Rock N Play still swaddled. When not swaddled her wakes up every few hours. She slept three days without a swaddle and after that she kept waking up. She’s getting too big for it and is starting to pull herself up. This is when it becomes dangerous.
My LO does not have sleeping issues as we are fortunate enough that she sleeps through the night. Getting her down is the issues. She has adapted to our schedule and goes to bed late. I start to put her down at 10pm. Anything before that is considered a nap for her. She sleeps from anywhere from 10-12hours a night.
We recently have been implementing the CIO method and some nights have been better than others. I don't necessarily agree to this approach but parents swear by it. We used to give her the bottle or nurse her to sleep. Occasionally, she would wake up after 45min, we'd give her more formula/milk and she'd go back to sleep. As of the last two weeks everything has changed. She doesn't go down with the bottle anymore or by nursing. This led to her crying herself to sleep. I would like put my LO on her crib and fall asleep without crying herself to sleep. Last night after 30minutes of crying I went into the room and rubbed her face while playing "Colors of the Wind" and she fell asleep.
What tips can you suggest for me? I'm getting desperate. We just bought the Zipadee-Zip because we saw it got good reviews. Anyone try this product?
Thank you in advance for all your help. I greatly appreciate it.