Yes. She was prob around 10 months old. There was crying, don't get me wrong but I was right there next to the cot, I'd put my hand thru the bars so she could hold it and after a minute or two of crying I'd pick her up and calm her down and then put her back in her cot. The first night I was in tears as I felt so awful, even tho I was there and not just leaving her to cry but by night 3 it got so much easier with a lot less crying. Once she was happy lying down and going to sleep instead of being rocked, I gradually moved further away from the cot over several weeks until I was putting her down and leaving the room.
@Helen is the gentle sleeping training when you sit by their cot and then slowly get further and further away and use word association like ‘night night’? Would love to know more. We tried something similar and sometimes just try putting her down and patting her bum but she gets up and starts crying🙈. Normally I can just hold her and she falls asleep within 5-10minutes but just doesn’t stay down for the night and in the night it can take longer, even up to 2 hours. How old was your little one when you started?
Ur very welcome the routine she did for them works with others as well as long as they know the routine so it should help ease ur mind I love quality time with my son and my daughter but it's hard to spend it together with them both as she is 16 yrs old so massive age gap lol x
I did gentle sleep training (not CIO) to teach my daughter to self soothe as I was rocking her but it had got to the point that everytime I tried to put her down, she'd wake up and I'd have to start all over again. Bedtime was taking several hours, something had to give.
I dont consider it self soothing. To me self soothing is being able to calm themselves down when very upset, which they aren't capable of till they are much younger. However, he was happy to go to sleep by himself when in a calm state from around 13 or 14 months.