What is an alternative sleep training method to CIO?

We co-sleep, and I would like to start having him sleep in his own bed soon. He doesn't sleep though the night, which is fine, but he will only sleep for about 2-4 hours in his crib/pack-in-play, then wakes up and I go and get him and he sleeps with us and he goes back to sleep will 6:00 am when he eats (nursing). What I would like to get him to do it to sleep until the 6:00 am feeding mark, but I can't stand to let him cry. I have tried holding him until he falls back asleep, but he wakes up when I put him back in his crib! He will be one next week. Please help.


Asked by onespoiledwife at 11:30 PM on Nov. 26, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i say might as well get used to letting him cry now. cuz later on you'll be holding your head saying "will he ever stop??" my son is in that screaming stage, scream when he's happy, sad, mad, whatever it is, he screams. he's finally starting to get out of it...but it's still going on sometimes. i'm glad i did the CIO method, cuz now it doesn't even phase me.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:37 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • we used the cio...glad we did..they are 16months and in toddler beds...they fall asleep on there own

    Answer by mama2twins07 at 11:46 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • DO NOT PICK HIM UP WHEN HE WAKES IN THE NIGHT!!! You need to give him his soothers....bottle, paci, stuffy, blankie`whatever it may be. MAKE SURE HIS ROOM IS WARM AS WELL. PUT A TICK TOCKING CLOCK IN THERE as well. (it beats like your heartbeat.) Talk to him, sooth him, but he will cry and he will see how far and long before you take him off to bed.
    YOu have to be strong if you don't want him in your bed anymore. CONSTANT behavior on your part will work very well. GIVE it 2 weeks w/ no sleep for you mom, maybe even sooner. But hang in there.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • hmm.. i dont know. what we use to do, was whatever shirt we were wearing that day, we'd take it off and put it in their crib or w/e it is with them, that way they get the idea that your right next to them because they smell you. it worked for us. and he's two were still doing it! :D let me kno if it works for you! :D

    Answer by MommaBear1129 at 11:50 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

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  • Wow gotta love 3 out of 4 moms telling you to let your child cry after you have said you don't want to do that! Good job with the advice ladies! Jeez.....Anyways, how do you put him down to sleep at the beginning of the night? Nurse him to sleep? Do you nurse him when he wakes up that one time? Can you get up and comfort him and then go back to your own bed? Do you have a partner? Generally nursing babies only want to nurse when the boobies are around! If dad gets up with him, he may go back to sleep easier. And don't assume he doesn't need to eat during the night at that age. His belly is still pretty small and nursing once at night is not too bad. Can you take one side off his crib and butt it against the side of your bed and slide him over onto it once he's asleep? Those are just a few ideas I have, There is a no-cry sleep group on here you may want to check out.

    Answer by TanyaR1024 at 12:35 AM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • No, do NOT let him cry! (Which you already dn't want to do...smart mom. ) Check out "The No Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley.

    If it's any consolation...yours is a GREAT sleeper in my book...mine was up three times a night at this age, no matter WHAT I tried. And now? I can go 30 hours on only two hours sleep.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:11 AM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • hey don't bash those of us who have used cio. there is NO RIGHT ANSWER. its what is best for you and your child.

    Answer by sterlids at 7:49 PM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • Uhh who bashed you sterlids? Just because someone doesn't want their child to CIO, doesn't mean they are "bashing" you!

    Answer by TanyaR1024 at 2:54 PM on Nov. 28, 2008

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