For 3 months, Ayla slept soundly in her pack n play and then transitioned into her crib quite easily. Then she went through a 4 month growth spurt and sleep regression and our whole world was turned upside down. Ayla would not sleep in her crib, had to be rocked, bounced and relied on feeding to fall asleep. If those props didn’t work I’d let her sleep on me because I didn’t know what to do. Each time we would place her in her crib she would wake up and cry instantly. We tried countless times in a night to get her to sleep in her crib – it was exhausting for all of us! So much so that my husband had to sleep in the basement so that he could get rest for work the next day and I decided to co-sleep with Ayla. Co-sleeping allowed Ayla and I to sleep more, but it also allowed Ayla with access to feeding any time, which she took advantage of! I was nursing every hour. At times I would fall asleep while she fed. I became a human pacifier! I felt like I was losing control because my little girl wasn’t sleeping and eating when she should be. My husband and I decided that we needed help immediately, so we decided to call Meaghan. We were hesitant because we didn’t know anyone who paid for help with sleep training before and we were afraid that it may not work and that it would be a waste of money.
When we met with Meaghan, she provided us with a detailed plan on how to get Ayla to sleep through the night in her crib and on how to get her to nap in her crib. The first night was rough. Ayla cried on and off for quite some time, but eventually slept for 5hrs. This was progress, but at the same time it was heartbreaking to hear her cry as we never let her cry before. By the third night Ayla slept 11hrs straight! We were amazed at how quick changes happened.
Naps took longer for Ayla to catch on to. Meaghan suggested we closely monitor her sleepy signs and that we wait a little longer (2hrs) after her last sleep to put her down as oppose to 1.5hrs which she originally suggested. This did the trick! Ayla finally decided to nap in her crib using Meaghan’s revised suggestion.
Today, Ayla is sleeping through the night in her crib 7 to 12 hrs a night, taking an occasional night feed and is able to take naps in her crib and on the go. She’s able to self soothe and put herself back to sleep when she wakes up too. We have also established a sleep and nap routine for Ayla that we have managed to stick to. If it wasn’t for Meaghan’s support and guidance throughout this sleep training process, we’d still be co-sleeping. We are so glad we went through with hiring her as our sleep consultant. Her positive attitude made us believe that things could change and she gave us the tools and the confidence we needed to do it. We highly recommend her services to any family who needs assistance with sleep training, you will be surprised to see how quick changes come!
One Happy Mama,