About 3 weeks ago my LO and I attempted and succeeded in the CIO method. However, for the past few nights, my LO has been waking in the middle of the night (usually from 1-2am) and cries until comforted. Is this messing up the CIO method? Should I leave him be to self soothe or should I pick him up and nurse him back to sleep, like I usually do? (When I do, he nurses for about 5 min, then uses me as a pacifier until I put him back in his crib. Then he wakes up again after about 10 minutes and cries again)
The only reason why I pick him up is because my DH works 6 days a week, 12 hr shifts, and he encourages me to pick up the LO so he can go back to sleep, which I understand he needs. We also have a 1 bedroom, so our baby sleeps in the same room as we do. But is this damaging the CIO method when my LO wakes up in the middle of the night and I pick him up?
Note: Please, do not respond if you are anti-CIO or plan on belittling my parenting skills for allowing the CIO. I understand that CIO is very controversial, but it has worked successfully and happily with my LO and myself. I would prefer to have responses from parents that have also attempted and succeeded with the CIO and /or understand my circumstances.
Thanks and happy parenthood!