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Has anyone used the CIO method with a 6 month old? I've tried that approach,but can't seem to get through it! Baby wakes every hour through the night!

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Asked by gapeach3510 at 1:52 PM on Jun. 8, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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    Answer by Bugzmomma at 1:52 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • No, I never let my kids cry. It is cruel. She will only stop crying because she thinks no one cares. Why would you do that to your baby?

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:53 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • I don't think the CIO method is a bad approach, when they are 6 months though. I would let my son cry for 10 minutes and if he still was I would come in and make sure that he was ok, diaper, teeth etc. and then leave the room.
    He has gotten better over time. I don't think theirs any reason why the baby can't learned to self sooth themselves.
    good luck to you!~

    Answer by Sillylins at 1:55 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • No, I am not a fan of "crying it out". I have found that if my babes are waking that much, then something else is going on like:

    1) illness
    2) hunger
    3) just about to meet a milestone

    If you have made sure to have a bedtime routine and bedtime that is consistent and early, then I would look into the other possibilities . . . but baby should really not be left to cry. Fussing is okay, but if it is prolonged crying, the cortisol level will be raised.

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 1:55 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • IMO..I think 6 months old is a little too young for the CIO method. Maybe wait a few minutes to see if they fuss then go back to sleep on thier own. But I would just rock the baby back to sleep or bring him/her to bed with me until they fall asleep and then put them back in thier bed once they fall back to sleep. Its not a perfect system..but its one that I was okay with at that age...actually my youngest is 8 months and I still do that,lol. I tried the CIO method on him for naps a few weeks ago and I just couldnt handle it, broke my heart too back to square one. Oh well, I like to cuddle him anyway,lol.
    Good Luck.

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 1:55 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • I couldn't just let her cry either,but desperate to get her to sleep through the night,so I'm trying everything.

    Comment by gapeach3510 (original poster) at 1:57 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • If your babies needs are met (fed, clean, attention, affection, etc), there is nothing wrong with letting them cry a bit. They will learn to confort themselves and sleep well. You baby may not be ready to sleep through the night yet. One of my children was fine at 6 weeks the other around 9 months. Good luck and sorry for the bleeding heart Anon who is just trying to be mean to you.

    Answer by ochsamom at 2:00 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • I don't know what you times are, but often nighttime sleep will be helped if you make sure that her napping does not go past 2:30PM and that she does not get put down to bed later than 8 PM.

    Kids are really in tune with light/dark cycles . . . it seems weird but making bedtime earlier can really help them sleep more peacefully.

    BTW, Ferber has actually changed some of his viepoint on CIO . . . to just mean short periods of fussing. It has been greatly misused, as "experts" have told moms to leave the room and not go back in . .. no matter what. We now know that is potentially harmful. Think gentle "shaping" instead on ignoring.

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 2:02 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • Okay I did a modified CIO but not until 9 months. I would do our bed time routine and then lay them down. I would let them fuss for 3 min then go in a and talk to them and rub their back/tummy and then walk away. I would let them fuss for 5 min then return and do the same thing, then again in 7 min them 10... no longer than 15 min BUT this is them fussing. Not screaming and fretfully crying. Fussing/whining/ whimpering... these things are different form all out red faced crying. I would never let them get to that point.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 2:03 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

  • Read Ferber's book. It isn't the cruel scenario you think. Good luck!

    Answer by Hazelnutkin at 2:04 PM on Jun. 8, 2011

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