I’m going to start this with a sentence I so often hear from many of the families I work with…
Last night went better than expected!
I honestly think having Mabel in a bigger sleeping space and just a little farther away from me (but still in the same room) helped immensely. She did wake a few times last night, but not as many times as she has previous nights and not for as long. We stayed consistent with our approach and she responded as well as can be expected. I was able to feed her twice and put her back down to sleep no problem. There was really only one wake up that was a bit more challenging and lasted longer than the others, but she (we) got through it and it felt like we all had some better sleep overall.
What worries me most about her wake ups is that her noises may wake up her older sisters. I know just about every parent who has more than one child feels the same, but keeping the other children from waking up should not come at the expense of the littlest one learning some very important sleep skills. If her older sisters do wake up (which they haven’t yet!) then we will explain what we’re doing and we know that if their sleep is interrupted it won’t be for long. Sleep training, when done properly and consistently, should not last very long.
Stay tuned for Night Two!