Cracking the Code of Oliver's Sleep

[cs_content][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][x_blockquote cite="" type="left"]The most common question I get is, so what do you actually do? And does it really work?Sasha, a former BNB client, volunteered to take us behind the scenes of the recent sleep overhaul of her 4-month-old son, Oliver. I can't tell you how impressed I was by the progress that he made during our time together--he's a rockstar!Need help with your little one? Check out my online baby bootcamp -- join the waitlist HERE .[/x_blockquote][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax="false" style="margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;"][cs_row inner_container="true" marginless_columns="false" style="margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;"][cs_column fade="false" fade_animation="in" fade_animation_offset="45px" fade_duration="750" type="1/1" style="padding: 0px;"][cs_text]From Oliver’s first days of existence, sleep was always a struggle. I remember so clearly that first night in the maternité. I placed my tiny sleeping baby in his little bed, just next to mine and less than three minutes later, his piercing little cry shattered my heart. For the next three months, he wouldn’t sleep on a flat surface, would only nap in my arms after nursing to sleep or strapped to me in the carrier, and these naps would only last 20-30 minutes.At four months, Oliver was constantly over-tired and cranky and I was in a downward spiral of exhaustion. My baby’s sleep had become an obsession. [x_pullquote type="right"]At four months, Oliver was constantly over-tired and cranky and I was in a downward spiral of exhaustion.[/x_pullquote]I felt like I was losing myself completely. I spent hours on end researching all sorts of sleep tips and we had tried almost everything in the book. I was in desperate need of some “mommy time” and then I met Hadley!I had an hour-long consultation with Hadley where I told her my story and she read through the questionnaire I had filled out detailing our current habits, routines, and goals for Oliver. Our biggest goal was for him to fall asleep on his own and to take better naps. Hadley explained how Oliver’s sleep cycles work and the reasoning behind so many of our issues. In less than 48 hours, we had a full custom sleep plan for Oliver. My husband and I read through it, talked it over, asked a few questions and prepped ourselves for a long weekend of tears.After all of my research online, I had come to the conclusion that the dreaded “Cry It Out” (CIO) method was really the only way for Oliver to learn how to put himself to sleep. I told Hadley our preference and she incorporated that into the sleep plan. I initially had reservations but with her support, I stuck to our plan. The first night, Oliver cried for an hour, and I cried with him. The next day, he went down to 45 minutes and now, I am proud to report, that Oliver will cry for 5-10 minutes for naps and goes down in the evenings with a few yelps as we leave the room but falls asleep in 10 minutes with almost no tears.Naps have proven to be a bit more difficult. Each day is different and we have had our share of 30 minute naps like before, however, the majority of his naps are 40min-1h15 and sometimes we will get great 1h30-2h stretches! Regardless of the length of the nap, Oliver puts himself to sleep in his bed and he stays in there playing with his feet and cooing to himself when he wakes up, almost always with a smile on his face!Hadley told us in the beginning that her role was to be our cheerleader and that is exactly what she was. Each day, at every nap and night we filled in our sleep log and she followed up promptly with “great nap!” or “try for an early bedtime tonight” to help us along. She taught us how to troubleshoot Oliver’s sleep schedule so that when he took a short nap or we had to be out of the house for a nap when he is originally supposed to be at home in his bed, we knew how to correct it and get back on track. [x_pullquote type="left"]Not only do I feel like I have emerged from my black hole of new mommy-hood back into my old self, I now feel like I have cracked the code of Oliver’s sleep.[/x_pullquote]After two weeks of working with Hadley, we have a well-rested, happy baby who can put himself to sleep during the day and at night and two very happy parents who have rediscovered their lives! Not only do I feel like I have emerged from my black hole of new mommy-hood back into my old self, I now feel like I have cracked the code of Oliver’s sleep and am now confident in putting him to sleep and providing him with what he needs to grow and develop into a healthy little boy.[/cs_text][x_share title="Share this Post" share_title="" facebook="true" twitter="true" google_plus="false" linkedin="false" pinterest="true" reddit="false" email="true" email_subject="Hey, thought you might enjoy this! Check it out when you have a chance:"][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

Baby, ToddlerHadley Seward