Friday, July 10, 2009

Aloha Friday

Happy Friday Everyone! I am so glad the weekend is finally here. Last week really spoiled me. I love 3 day weekends. Well since it is Friday that means it's time for Aloha Friday brought to you by An Island Life.

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

Today's Question?

Today I am asking two questions you may answer both if you would like!

For those of you who have children: Did you ever let you child "cry it out" at night? and if so at what age? Did it work?

For those of you who don't have children or anyone who wants to answer: Are you more of a morning person or a night person?

Today's Answer:

Landon is now almost 10 months old and is still not sleep all through the night and I have yet to try to let him cry it out. It breaks my heart to hear him cry. I know that I just need to try it but it is so hard.

And I am more of a night person but I need to start being more of a morning person.

Also, I will be announcing my giveaway winner shortly.


Brandi said...

Nope ~ can't do it! I don't let them, nor will I ever let them, cry it out. :)

Tina said...

I like the new blog look....

I know what you mean about letting them cry it is so hard! I never could do it...I'd cry too!

Happy Friday..

Seeryus Mama said...

No, I'm not a cry it out person. I figured if they are crying they must need something! I've found that a CD player in my daughters room works well. We listen to Dream with Me Tonight A Father's Lullabies by Lanny Sherwin. Calming, relaxing music. It's our trick for a nights sleep!

Jessica said...

Caden didn't sleep thru the night until he was over a year old. Whew it was a long ride! We eventually tried the cry it out method revised in our own little way and it did help to teach him that we aren't going to come running every time and to get to bed. So I guess it just depends on the family.

I am definitely more of a morning person lately b/c I can't seem to stay awake at night time! :D

blueviolet said...

I let my kids cry it out at the point when I realized they were starting to manipulate it and it's earlier than you think. It only took 2 nights for me but worked and they've never had a sleep problem since.

kimert said...

I have bad mommy brain so I really can't recall if we ever did CIO with the kids.
And I am more of a night person!

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

My oldest daughter is 3 years old and we did the "cry it out" routine with her. We would go in every 5 minutes, calm her down and it only took a few nights for her to learn to fall asleep. It was the absolute hardest thing for us to do, but it worked for us. The first night it took about 20 minutes for her to fall asleep and the second night, 7 minutes and she was out.

We decided to do this because we would rock her for hours for her to finally fall asleep, we would lay her down and she would wake up. For about a week this was happening all night long. I was suffering from major lack of sleep and I don't think it was healthy for either one of us.

She is now a great sleeper and well adjusted. She did not learn that we do not listen to her when she cries and I think she feels loved.

Drahdrah said...

Yup, I tried at around 7 months, and it worked after a few days. She used to wake up between 5 to 10 times EVERY night... Now, once she finishes her bottle, I put her in her crib, and she falls asleep on her own, usually with no fuss, and she only wakes up once or twice each night. She's almost a year now.

Becca said...

No kids yet and I don't remember what my parents did with my sister and me.

I am definitely more of a night person but I function fine in the morning.

MommyAmy said...

Yes. We started some gentle sleep training when my girls were 4 months old. To start we wouldn't let them cry for longer than 5 minutes, and most of the time they would be fast asleep before that 5 minute mark.

Just make sure that you do EVERYTHING he needs before you try it. Make sure his diaper is dry and his belly is full, otherwise it just won't work at all. Plus when YOU know that his needs are met then it will be easier for you to let him work it out for himself.

And don't listen to people who tell you that doing this will scar him and your relationship with him for life. That's total hogwash. My girls are very happy well adjusted children, who also slept through the night with a little help in the beginning (and now sleep for 14 hour stretches if I let them).

Sue said...

I think my kids were pretty good sleepers so I didn't really have that problem, but I don't think I could do the cry it out thing either. Except I totally believe in having them sleep in there own beds.

I'm a night owl.

Mommy Vent said...

I have 2 boys, and with my oldest we did CIO around 9 months with him. It was more like fuss it out than cry, but it worked for him. It took about 4 days (each time being shorter and shorter). We didn't need to do it with my younger son, but would have if we needed to

Mighty M said...

Yes, we used the "cry it out" method. It wasn't a lot of fun, but we had to do it, and eventually it worked. Probably around 8 or 9 months (he is 15 months now and sleeps fantastically at night). I am definitely a morning person - after the first 30 minutes or so!! ;-)

Heart of Rachel said...

No I don't remember letting him cry it out. Hubby and I were always there to comfort him.

I guess I'm more of a night person.