I failed at getting Colin to sleep using the No Cry Sleep Solution. I'm not saying it won't work for anyone and I'm willing to admit the reason it isn't working is probably my fault but regardless I'm fabricating a new plan. Before I tell you about the new plan I want to outline the ways the no-cry sleep solution, and my interpretation of it made things harder.
What she says: Take a week and do whatever you need to get your baby back to sleep as fast as possible.
What I did: Nursed Colin back to sleep every time he woke up. (Previously we were only allowing him to nurse every 3 hours, if he woke up in between Sean tried to put him back to sleep, which frequently meant Sean was up with him for over an hour)
What she says: Naps are too important to miss, do whatever you need to do to get your baby to nap during the day.
What I did: Nursed Colin to sleep for his naps.
What she says: If at anytime you or your baby get upset, go ahead and put him to sleep in your usual way.
What I did: Colin got upset nearly every time I put him in his crib in any kind of awake state, so I quite frequently had to revert back to nursing to sleep.
So what started as a mild nurse to sleep association (he could go back to sleep without nursing, and only about 50% of naps required nursing to sleep) because a full blown must nurse to sleep association (although he will go to sleep in the car or in the stroller). Now to be honest, I think this is the reason we had such a cooperative baby in Switzerland. He is very flexible in where he naps as long as I am there to nurse him down, so there was never an issue of Colin refusing to nap because he didn't have his crib. So while it does have its advantages, the time has come to fully break this association.
For anyone familiar with the book, the gentle removal plan gets me BIT about 50% of the time so it isn't working very well.
Another reason this plan didn't work is because Colin learned quickly that all he had to do was get upset and I would back down.
So after 60+days of trying I'm giving up on this plan and forming a new one.
To be continued...