Ferber Method

Mikayla was cleared yesterday at the doc…no more ear infection! There was a small amount of fluid but nothing concerning. Hopefully it will stay non concerning and not rear it’s ugly head again. We can rule out her ear bothering her and know this is not the reason she is waking up. At this point, it is all a guessing game. I have no clue why she is waking up now. She was for the most part, a good sleeper. She would wake once in the night to eat until she was about 4 1/2 months. After that she was on a good schedule. Sure, there were times when we got off track a little due to the occasional illness and teething, but not for long. She would have no problem going back to her schedule. She was never a paci user after 8 weeks old and did pretty well with soothing herself to sleep.

Now we are at 8 months old and her sleeping is back to being inconsistent. 2-3 nights mornings a week she is up around 4. I usually give her ten minutes then cave and feed her back to sleep. No bueno. Now she is expecting this every morning. The hubby and I mulled it over and decided to try the Ferber method. I figured why not give it a shot and share my experience with other Mom’s out there.

Ferber Method: Night 1

Details: 4:30am she starts the crying and after about 45 minutes we are stumped and don’t know how to proceed. The doctor  nurse (who we don’t like to see but our doc was out of town) said she should soothe herself back to sleep within an hour. UMMM ok…what happens if a full hour goes by? Then what!? Sure enough, 5:30 it is and I can’t take it anymore. I go in to get her and she isn’t moving, eyes are closed,  and she is making little noise. Could this be!? Did she fall asleep!? YESUM! Thank God! I was so afraid all that crying was for nothing. She got herself so worked up she was hiccuping in her sleep for a few minutes but it didn’t seem to bother her.

Result: An hour of crying and she put herself back to sleep. She woke up at 6:45 and was playing in her crib and smiling.

From what I have read, Ferber method can take 3 nights of crying and by the 4th night, she should be sleeping through the night. Babycenter.com has some great tips for this if anyone is interested. We will see how tonight goes and I will blog about it tomorrow. Has anyone tried this method before? Have you had success with it? Have you tried a different method that seemed to work well?

~Coffee Meet Face



5 thoughts on “Ferber Method

  1. It took us a good 5 nights to break the automatic wake-ups (not 3). It is so hard to listen to them cry. Did you go in and console her? We did the 5, 10, 15, etc. waiting period as described in the book just to comfort him and let him know we were there. Maybe you guys should start it on a weekend though so you can get some sleep during the week! Good luck and keep me posted.

  2. Parenting is so much trial and error, and figuring out what works for you and your baby. It would be a lot easier if there was one way to do things that worked for all babies. I can’t even tell you how many times I had to try different things to figure out issues I was having, plus both of my children were really different. What worked for one didn’t necessarily work for the other. They both had their challenges. Give yourself the freedom to follow your heart in your decision making. Trust your own instincts. If it doesn’t feel right change, if it feels like the right thing keep going. You’re inspiring others by sharing your journey! Sending hugs.

  3. Good luck! We’ve had mild success- she only wakes up once now versus all night long. We are going through the ten month sleep regression with naps and it is brutal! Glad her ears are all cleared!

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