Toren slept from 9:00 pm until 5:30 am last night.  Marvelous! Stupendous!  Amazing!

There is a bit more to the story – last Thursday he woke up several times, starting at 4:00 am.  I was up from 4:00 am on.  After that incident, I decided (Debi agreed, but I kind of insisted) that it was time to train Toren to sleep through the night.  Apparently some kids just start sleeping through the night; others don’t.

So, we decided that we were going to make Toren sleep from midnight until 6:00 am.  We knew he could go about 7 hours without eating, so we figured six would be a good start.  Our plan: if he woke up during that window, I would go in and make sure he was okay, but wouldn’t touch him or pick him up, just let him cry himself back to sleep.

We did it for a couple nights and he was doing a pretty good job of crying himself back to sleep in about 5 minutes.  He was working his way up to 5 or 6 hours, then last night we put him down at 9:00.  We went to bed at 11:00, thinking he’d wake up around midnight for one final feeding.  I woke up around 4:00, but it was just because that’s what time he has been getting up.  I fell back to sleep, but didn’t know if he had woken up other times during the night (I don’t always wake up when he does).  At 5:30 he woke and Debi fed him.  I got up around 6:00 and asked her if he woke up any other times.  Nope!

Let’s hope this continues!

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One Reply to “Hallelujah!!”

  1. Good for you! This is just like what happens in a video I show in my intro psych course. (It illustrates an application of behaviorism that students find easier to believe if they see it.) I’m glad it worked for you!

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