At 5 months, our son Luke was waking up 4-6 times a night – more than he did as a newborn and only taking short choppy naps. We fell into bad patterns, like using the pacifier, the swing, the carrier, the stroller, and bringing him to our bed. I didn’t know how to handle his sleep because my first son was naturally a great sleeper and formed his own schedule. Luke’s sleep was regressing and we needed help. We contacted Jillian who listened to our problems and took time to understand our situation. She helped us develop a training plan we were comfortable with and coached us through it. She also helped us create an optimal sleep environment, form a structured schedule, and establish healthy sleep habits.
The first night was rough, but Luke’s sleeping improved dramatically by night two and three. On the third night he slept through from 6:30pm to 6:30am – I was in shock! His day time sleep improved as well, and his naps went from 20 mins to 1-2 hours long. He was able to go into the crib and fall asleep by himself without a pacifier or being rocked. Occasionally when he does wake up in the middle of the night he is often able to soothe himself and fall back asleep with minimal fussing.
We feel confident in addressing any inevitable sleep regressions that may come from travel, new milestones, teeth, or illnesses. I only wish we started a month earlier!