The one thing parents with babies who are bad enough sleepers to require sleep training don't tell you is- you'll do it more than once.
I know a handful of moms who had great sleepers until the 12-month sleep regression, who did a few weeks of CIO and now have their great sleepers back. And I have one friend who did weeks of CIO with her daughter around 7-8 months, and she's been a great sleeper ever since. But most moms I know battle sleep for a long time. We're on our third or fourth bout of sleep training. Awesome.
Like I mentioned in my 9-month update, my pediatrician told us that Jacob doesn't need to eat at night and that we have her permission to CIO. Inevitably, though, he gets sick, starts teething or starts a Wonder Week, and I'm a push over, so I nurse him or rock him. And then he gets used to it. And...you know the rest...
So here we are, on our fourth stint of sleep training. I have to admit though, it's getting easier. I don't get the queasy feeling anymore when he's screaming hysterically in his room. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing?
Anyways, if you we're putting Jacob's sleep on a line graph, imagine a roller coaster. Months on the horizontal axis and bad to good on the vertical axis. We're at 10.5 months and about 2cm from the bottom. Rock bottom. Ouch. Jacob is back to requiring us to rock him to sleep before putting him down. Sigh.