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Old 09-29-2006, 08:11 PM   #1
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how long do you let them cry before you go in there? DD just WON'T sleep tongiht and I'm alone while DH is working and i NEED a break from her crying and clawing and squirming. How long do I let her cry before comforting her?

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Old 09-29-2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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It depends - usually I let her cry for 5-10 minutes before goin in. I wouldnt talk though or pick her up, i rubbed her back or something to sooth her for 3-5 minutes then leave again
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If she ever cried, it was probably because she dropped her pacifier. I would go in, give it to her, make sure nothing was bothering her, then leave. No timing or anything.
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The first time I did it, it didn't work. He cried for almost two hours and I ended up having to take him to bed with me. However, I went in intermittently, maybe every 15 min or so. Then I looked it up and got some info, and did it a little differently. I would wait 10 min, then go in. I would rub his back and try to comfort him without picking him up. Basically I was letting him know I was there. After that I waited 20 minutes, and then you're supposed to wait 40 minutes, but I never got that far. He was asleep about 20 min after that. The thing about CIO is that it doesn't really work at first. (for me anyways) It took about a week for him to start falling asleep on his own. Sometimes he'll wake up and cry still, but it'll only be for 5 minutes.

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We did hard-core CIO from the beginning, 30 minutes. BUT, she never cried that long. Nowdays, she cries for less than 10. I can tell if she's really in trouble. Plus, she's talking more. So I'll hear, "Stuck", "binky", "blankie", "bear bear".
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Is this for your little one? I wouldn't really do much of CIO at only 3 1/2 months of age. Mine is only a week or so younger, and if get overwhelmed, I go in to him after about 15 minutes, enough to let me get a grip. Once they're past 6 months, you can begin to let them cry until they fall asleep, but at this point, I think they need to know you're there for them. Good luck, mama -- it's never easy!
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ITA... about 10 minutes... but i also pay attention to their pitch. If it gets high pitched, then I go in and check to see what's happened.
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Old 09-30-2006, 10:34 PM   #8
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Thanks, mamas! FYI, I let her go 10 minutes last night and went in and got her. She fell asleep in my arms instantly. Tongiht, she fell asleep at 6:30 during her "dinner", and has been asleep ever since, so no more testing tonight. I thank you for the advice, it was exactly what i needed!
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