This week we’ve been trying to teach Veronica sleep independence. We started last thursday, and used the methods explained by Weissbluth. A lot of people have had success with it.
The idea is that babies need to learn to put themselves to sleep, not to be soothed and rocked and patted. So, parents should put the little one to bed before she is asleep and let her fall asleep without help.
Which means letting her cry it out.
That’s hard. Veronica has spent a lot of hours crying alone in her room this week. And I have had to steel myself not to go in there and pick her up. She’s little! She needs me! But she needs to learn.
She is learning. I can hear her wake up sometimes, and she puts herself back to sleep without crying. WONDERFUL.
She doesn’t hold it against us in the morning, either. We’ve all been getting more sleep as a result, which makes it worthwhile.
Doesn’t she look more independent?