Sleep Training

If there were a baby lottery, we’d be the hands-down winners, especially in the sleep department.  Sam came home from the hospital on a good schedule, he’s never, ever confused night with day, and he’s been sleeping through the night for months already.  We do have one complaint in this area however.  Through no fault of his own, Sam has become accustomed to sleeping at an incline.  Sam couldn’t lie down flat for the longest time after he came home because of his acid reflux.  20 minutes after lying him down in his crib he’d wake up crying with milk coming out of his nose.  It was heartbreaking, really.  So Sam learned to sleep in his carseat, his swing, and the wedge his occupational therapist built for him.

The wedge as it was intended to be used

The wedge has served us well, but it’s time to move on.  The wedge was built according to Sam’s specifications back in June, and he’s now outgrown it.  The straps can’t seem to hold him upright anymore, which means he usually ends up sleeping sideways on the wedge.  We tried to put him to sleep in the crib without the wedge a few times, but he kept jerking himself awake.  And he got mad at us!  Unwilling to give up a few nights of sleep in order to help him learn to sleep on his back, we kept him in the wedge and tried to put him down flat in his pack ‘n play for naps.

The wedge as Sam was using it

Yesterday morning, I woke up to find that Sam’s head was resting against the rails of his crib.  He’s too long to sleep sideways on the wedge now.  So it’s time for some sleep training.  Not the cry-it-out kind, but the “you have to sleep lying flat in the crib” kind.  It’s hard to start sleeping in a new position!  You can’t get comfortable, and you wake up constantly.

Last night was our first night, and I’m proud to say that we didn’t cave in and put Sam into the wedge.  We were up and down a lot, but he made it all night lying in the crib!  He got some sleep (though not as much as I’d like), and he had ZERO acid reflux incidents!  We’ll have to work at this again tonight.  And the next night.  We may be very tired by the end of the week!

Finally sleeping in the crib!

5 thoughts on “Sleep Training

  1. I’d just like to say that, when Emily says “we” she means “I”. Because of our work schedules, I get up and go to work especially early on Tuesdays. Thus, Emily bravely took all of the care times last night. I anticipating helping out a bit tonight, though!

  2. Reflux is supposed to go away between 6 and 12 months adjusted. Sam’s only 5 months adjusted, so it’s a bit early. Hopefully he can go off of his mediation next month!

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