I Can't Let Her Cry It Out, But What Should I Do?

Sona Charaipotra
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Sleep Through The Night
Kavi didn't sleep through the night right off the bat. But by the time she was 4 months old, she was consistently giving us a good 6- or 7-hour stretch. And compared to those truly rough early months, it was heaven.

But a bout with an ear infection left her super-clingy and cranky -- and brought to an abrupt end that lovely period of slumberly bliss.

It's been two weeks of 2 a.m. wake-up calls, and now Kavi wakes up hungry and craving contact, then insists on staying in bed with us, nursing through the night and leaving me very terribly sleep-deprived. Since I get to work from home, I can spend the day in my PJs, but I have to say, it's taking a toll on me work-wise, physically, and definitely emotionally, because a sleep-deprived Sona is a cranky Sona.

It's gotten so bad that my husband, who was vehemently opposed to bed-sharing, suggested we give it a shot. But I really don't want to. Kavi likes her crib and she likes her sleep. I know she'll get comfortable there again. I just have to figure out how.

So I've turned to exploring all those sleep-training books. I don't know if I have the heart to try that whole Cry It Out thing, though. It's just not in me. I'm looking for a way to get Kavi back into a sleep comfort zone in a way that won't be traumatizing to either of us. And I'm very open to suggestions.

How did you get your little one to sleep through the night?


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