There are basically two schools of thought when it comes to teaching a human being how to sleep. And no, for those of you who don’t have kids and now since reading my blog never want any, sleep does not seem to be an intrinsic trait sown into most children’s DNA – you gotta teach them how to do it. Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?
So anyway, two schools of thought…
- the Cry It Out method – made popular by Meet the Fockers or Dr. Richard Ferber depending on your medium of information gathering. The method is simple, let your kid cry and eventually she will learn that she can go to sleep on her own.
- the No-Cry method – and the advocates of this method are long with a plethora of opinions on just the right way to do it, but the point is the same. Parents love on their child rather than let him cry and eventually, he will learn how to sleep.
Sam and I tried method number two with baby number one. I read about a dozen books (The No-Cry Sleep Solution, The Sleepeasy Solution, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer…) and tried one after the other. Eventually, with the help of sleep-guru, Jill Sanford-Burrows and baby-guru, Tandy Parks we created a system of our own that amalgamated both methods in a way that worked for us:
Cry It Out Meets OomShakaLaka or in certain circles, CIOMO. (buy now on HGTV for three easy installments of $19.99 *or a lifetime membership for $99.99)
The Cry It Out part of our method was that we agreed some tears were necessary. The OomShakaLaka part involved us sleeping on the floor next to baby and cheering her on, telling her how fabulous she is, and rooting for her to learn how to go to sleep with touching and soothing, but no nursing or picking up. It’s kind of GI meets hippie protestor. The Forrest Gump of sleep training I guess you could say.
Anyway, we started CIOMO last night with baby number two and it went great. Sam is a natural at it and I let him take the lead while I studiously noted times, reactions, and other secret details (purchase now on CIOMO.com to learn just what those secrets are) into our nifty black journal. I must say, we didn’t get a lot of sleep, but the longest baby cried was 6 minutes. Go CIAMO Go!
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