Yes, my baby boy has been sleeping through the night since he was 12 weeks old. After talking to mommies out there and realizing this is not always the norm I would like to tell you that it is extrememly possible. Though he seems to have a laid back temperment I do not believe that he sleeps through the night just because he’s a good baby. But I believe that he is a good baby because he does sleep through the night. He gets enough rest and only awakens crying when he’s teething or has been woken up in some other way, noise, mommy wanting to go out, etc. Otherwise my boy is all smilies.
Now, I do want to let you know that I used the principles from the book “On Becoming BabyWise.” Now wait, before you prejudge and call Ezzo the devil, hear me out. In fact before you prejudge which many already have – read the book. After reading about infant sleep habits on babycenter.com and other such baby sites and hear women whining about how inhumane it is to let your child cry just stop right there and read the book.
I would like to let you know that the book is very good in principle. It talks about Parent directing NOT scheduling. I did not follow everything to the T in the book but I do believe that there are many miscommunications about this book. Ezzo never tells people to let their children cry until they are dehydrated. He never tells parents not to meet babies needs. I confess I have occasionally let my child cry from time to time. Often he’s overstimulated and if I let him cry for a short amount of time he will fall asleep. Does this really make me a bad mother? I don’t think so. If my baby gets the sleep he needs he wakes up very happy and I am not exhausted. And let me reiterate for those of you who may be freaking out I don’t let him cry all day or all night. I watch the clock and let him cry for a short amount of time and I can often tell you exactly how long it will take for baby boy to fall asleep.
If you know my child you would know that he’s a very smiley, happy baby boy. He is very content. I have never done anything to hurt my child and yet, he sleeps through the night. Many of the parents I know that use Ezzo’s principles have children that are the same. One of the best things to take from the book is the babies sleep-feed-wake cycles. He doesn’t get dependant on eatting to get to bed. He doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night. And my baby is completely breast fed fokes. (Well, he’s on solids now but when he started sleeping through the night) Some of the books out there will tell you that babies that are breast fed can’t sleep through the night that long. That is not true.
Now, I think it is rather difficult to follow this book to the dotted i but principles are very good. And I wasn’t militant about it. And I’m entitled to my opinion just as much as you are entitled to yours but I know that it worked and could give you a whole book of stories that it worked for others too.
I beg to differ as well that young children can’t get spoiled. He’s was a totally different baby after the grandparents had visited. He wanted to be held ALL the time or he’d cry. Now don’t misconstrew what I said, yes, I hold my baby, I love him, I play with him but he isn’t spoiled. He’s content he loves waking up and talking to his animals in his bed or rolling around on the floor. For other parents I know it has been the same. So don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I’ve got the happiest guy on the block who has great nightime sleep habits. He’s loved and cherished. And for those of you who think Ezzo’s the devil I sure hope for your sake that your kiddos are sleeping through the night. I don’t know about you but I can be a better mommy when I get the sleep that I need too.