RE: CIO -- How long does it take the first night???
How old is your baby? We actually just started doing CIO. I posted 2-3weeks ago about whether to CIO or not. There is really no right answer. I've been reading Dr. Weisbluth's Healthy sleepy habits. DD at 6.5mo still needs to be rocked to sleep and has been waking up every 1.5-2hr crying. So finally we decided to let her CIO. The first night (it was Sep22) she cried for 1hr and 35min and fell asleep. The second night was 45min. But from then on it was about 20 every night for the next 2wks. We thought we were doing something wrong since I read and heard that usually it took people about a wk. Then we started to let her CIO for her naps (she takes 20-30min naps; we had to pick her up at least 3times for a 2hr nap). That day, she cried the whole 40min for two of her naps and never fell asleep. She slept for a total of 2hr all her naps combined that day. She was so cranky and fussy. The moment we put her down to let her play she would start to cry. I thought that she was traumatized and completely sleep deprived. I felt so horrible about it. So we stopped letting her CIO for naps. Now we would usually just rock her for few min before her bedtime. If she doesn't fall asleep, we would just put her down. She still cried 15min tonight. Oh I forgot to mention that she still wakes up several times a night. I try to let her cry for few min if I know she's not hungry. We are still working on it.
Every baby is different. If you have a easy baby(unfortunately not our DD), it doesn't take long for CIO to work. I believe the key is to be consistant, do the same routine every night.
I wish you best of luck and hope this works out for you.
Keep us posted. I would love to know how Ava does.
Baby Jasmine 3/18/04
Baby Justin 9/18/07