CIO

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LisaB - April 24

For those of you who have used the cio method how long did it take until your baby was falling asleep without the crying? When did things get good also how old was your little one when you started? For those of you who used it on your babies under 6 months how did you decide when to get up at night to feed and when to let them cry?

 

amb - April 24

id liek to know too, i have a 9 week old and she wont sleep on her own. i wonder if thats too early

 

Bonnie - April 24

Our doctor had us do it at 9 weeks. BUT, only because Mason weighed 15 pounds and ate 30-32 ounces per day. If they are too small their tummies won't be able to make it through. She had us put him down and let him cry for up to 3 hours. BUT, to check on him every 15 minutes. No more, no less. Make sure he was okay and not wet. Give him a quick pat and tell him it's okay and to go night-night, and then leave.The first night he cried hysterically that whole 3 hours with me checking on him every 15 minutes. I think I cried just as much, lol. Then he woke up halfway through the nght and cried another hour with me checking again. (BTW, she had us up his daytime bottles so that he was still taking in the same ounces.) In less than a week he was falling asleep very happy with no tears and he sleeps between 10--12 hours. Now he is 3 months and still doing well. Honestly, it was harder than labor but I am glad we stuck with it. All parents have different methods. Some like CIO others do not. Whatever y ou decide to do, stick with it. Don't go half way or you will just confuse him. If he is only 9 weeks I would consult your pediatrician first as it really has mroe to do with tummy size and weight than age. Goodluck!

 

amb - April 24

bonnie: thanks for your input. i talked to my doc about this awhile ago and he told me to stop any behavior i dont want happening now. but my thinking is come on shes a baby, on top of that a premie. shes doing well now, and heres my deal, i feed her, change her diaper and get her to fall asleep but when i lay her down like 10 mins later she starts screaming. her ninny lasts a few more mins but thats it. i know shes not hungry and isnt wet so i dont know what to do....

 

Bonnie - April 24

IMO, I agree with your doc as long as she is not too small (you said she was a premie). CIO is not for everyone though. There are other methods like baby wisperer. I'd suggest take a trip to the library and browse through some resources to decide the best way for you to handle it. :)

 

LisaB - April 24

ANyone try cio with a 5 month old? I am wondering at night when I am supposed to go to him to feed him?

 

LisaB - April 24

Oh I'm b___stfeeding if that matters

 

Bonnie - April 24

How much does he weigh?

 

Lillie E - April 24

the lady that was on dr. phil said keep feeding them at night until they're 6 months...

 

Bonnie - April 24

My AAP book says 3 months. It really depends on the baby's size of tummy and if tehre are any other issues. My doc says it's really based on weight, not age. That makes sense because Mason slept 10-12 hours every night with no feeds at 9 weeks because he was 15 pounds. I would never attempt that on a baby that only weighed 10 pounds though, know what I mean. I would suggest you read the different methods out there and decide which is best for you. You have Dr.Spock who is very pro-CIO and Dr. Sears who is very anti. And then a whole bunch in between. Personally, I fall in the in between side. I like CIO but only if they are checked on about every 15 minutes and it worked well for me. But not all babies are alike. I'd ask your doc's opinion as well (provided you like your pediatrician).

 

LisaB - April 24

Hes 16.6 lbs. I am reading Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Baby it says for naps let them cry 1 hour and at night until they stop. I have tried EVERYTHING else with my ds and nothing has worked. I'm trying the cio and hoping for the best. It is breaking my heart to listen to him cry. I don't know what else to do though.

 

Bonnie - April 24

Lisa, it is very tough....I think harder than the labor was. But for us, it worked well. Feel free to e-mail me if you want to talk. [email protected]

 

kimberley - April 25

You have to work out how much milk they are getting for there body weight. If they are having enough during the day to sustain there body weight, then sleeping through the night 8-12 hours is possible. I use the formula that for every 1 kilo of body weight, they should eat 150mls...EG my DD weighs 5.2 kilos, so I times 5.2 by 150= 810mls of milk per day to maintain her weight...she has 4 bottles a day at 200mls each.......so she gets 800mls during the day, she has her last bottle at 6pm, goes to bed at 7pm, and wakes up at 6am for her bottle in the morning. Sometimes she does wake up at 4 or 5am, I just feed her then, since she goes to bed so early.......but at least I know she is getting the right amount of milk during the day. BUT.....If you are in summer at the moment, or having warm weather, you may want to offer some water in the night for dehydration.

 

LisaB - April 25

Thank you Bonnie. So funny I told my friend that letting ds is harder than labor. But it has been working so well for us its only day two but today he had three naps and only cried 10 minutes the 1st nap 2 minutes the second nap and not at all the 3rd nap. I hope it stays the same. :)

 

Bonnie - April 25

It should work, they learn pretty quick. I'm glad you it's working. :) E-mail me anytime. Lisa, how long have you been on the boards? I remember a Lisa going into labour a few months before I did. I wonder if that was you.

 

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