Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We're Moving...

Noelle to her crib :(

I'm ready, I think? Noelle is 14 weeks now and we had always planned to move her into her own room and crib around this time. I am definitely ready to snuggle with my husband in our room alone but I am gonna miss her.

We will be using the Graduated Checking Procedure or Graduated Extinction to make the transition. In a nut shell the sleep training allows your baby to learn to self soothe without letting them completely "cry it out". You gradually reassure them without actually picking them up. I can't lie, I have some real mixed emotions but overall I think it's time. I know she will be fine, the question is will I?

I learned about this sleep training method after going to an infant sleep class at the hospital where I had Noelle. It was recommended by the Pediatrician and Nurse Practitioner who hosted the class. It was suggested to begin around 3-4 months when babies are better at self soothing. I wasn't quite comfortable with the cry it out method so this modified version seemed like a better fit for our family. I felt really anxious about making the decision but after talking to my Mom and a coworker who had successfully sleep trained her baby boy, I felt more at ease and decided to tough it out. With the support of my husband it was a go.

I couldn't find much information on this method so I took a pic of the handout I received at the sleep class and I did find this article from the NewYork Times which briefly mentions it.

We have a couple products to aid us in this transition.

Noelle was never really a fan of her bassinet and actually slept in her Newborn Lounger (which clearly says not for sleeping) for the majority of the time she was in our room. I can already tell that I probably won't be following all the "rules" lined out in the mother handbook. We placed the lounger in the crib to give her some sort of normalcy in her new space. 

We are on our 5th night now and it is going better than expected. Praying I can keep up the self control. She is so sweet, my sleeping beauty!!

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