Ferberizing our OPAC*

Well, we finally had to give in and go hardcore with the sleep training.  A couple of weeks ago, we went out and bought Richard Ferber’s Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems and Marc Weissbluth’s Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, and implemented the Ferber plan of “progressive waiting.”  Yes, this is the one where you let the kid cry, while trying not to cry yourself.  (My mom assures me that this is a method parents have been using for centuries.  But Dr. Ferber provides a chart.)

And then a miracle occurred.

Patrick has been sleeping, really and truly sleeping, all night long.  He still isn’t too keen on the actual going to bed part (in fact, now he hates not only his crib but his entire room), but he almost always falls sound asleep within ten minutes and often within five.  And when he wakes up at night, he can settle himself down without parental intervention.  You cannot imagine what a difference this has made.  (Well, unless you’ve gone through this yourself, which I know a lot of people have.)

*Outstanding, Perfectly Adorable Child.  You librarians get the joke, right?  Catalogers??

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2 Responses to “Ferberizing our OPAC*”

  1. ranger Says:

    That is excellent. You guys deserve some real sleep!

  2. Laura Says:

    Glad to hear that it worked out for you guys. I am always impressed by parents’ ability to function on minimal sleep but I know that it doesn’t mean that you want to have to do so.

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