Ferberizing Robert: An Update

January 3, 2007 at 6:35pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

A couple weeks ago I wrote that The Missus and I planned to use (our interpretation of) the Ferber Method to help Robert sleep through the night. Things were going well initially, but then Robert got an ear infection. We halted the program temporarily.

Now, though, we’re back on track. In fact, this morning’s 5:30am wake-up represented the third straight all-nighter for Robert. He goes down around 8:00pm and wakes up between 5:00am and 6:00am.

I won’t go so far as to say Robert is “cured” of his middle-of-the-night wakings. Only time will tell if that’s true. (And even then, there will always be the occasional 2:00am waking.) I will, however, say that having a plan and sticking to it makes nighttime wakings incalculably more manageable. The Missus and I knew that all along, but we were, as so many parents are, hesitant nonetheless. I guess it’s the stress of listening to a baby cry, combined with the discomfort associated with changing “the way we’ve always done it”.

I’ll let you know if things suddenly take a sour turn. Cross your fingers!

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