However, not all people can or want to put traveling on hold for 8 weeks. If my family needed or really wanted to sleep away from home during sleep training, I wouldn't do CIO at our destination unless the baby could be in a quiet place and in a familiar bed. And I definitely wouldn't do it at night, out of respect for those you are visiting. If baby woke in the night I would feed and put back to bed, not CIO. This situation would be an exception to your normal routine.
If you do travel during CIO training, your baby will likely get off. When you get home, it will likely feel like you have regressed a couple of weeks in your training. Those weeks should be made up faster than it took originally. You also will likely have a few really bad days as your baby protests the change. Or course, your child might surprise you. Both of mine have been quite resilient and bounce back quickly after disruptions--often times going straight back without any adjustment. That is, however, after we have completed training, not during training.
Once you get sleep training down, things like traveling usually won't disrupt your child very much and sleep can still happen as usual. Keep in mind that when I say 8 weeks, that is the time it took for my children to get from not knowing how to put themselves to sleep to the point of not crying at all before naps or bedtime. It seems to take about 2 solid weeks of consistency for things to get more manageable, then 4 weeks total for them to be pretty good. Things just get better from there, and by 8 weeks of training, baby should be quite proficient at his new skill. Good luck in your training and travels!
- traveling (blog label)
- CIO (blog label)
- CIO Bootcamp: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2007/11/cio-bootcamp.html
- Dealing With Disruptions To Your Routine: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2007/12/dealing-with-disruptions-in-your.html
- Going Out
- Lindse94 said...
Glad to find this article today as I am starting CIO with my 9 month old tonight. We have tried before, but have a second home near my family and there has been a greta deal of inconsistency. Of course I am travelling in two weeks! He has done CIO at all naps and bedtime for many months, but the night waking has become a major issue. He has gone from having a feed and going right back to sleep to screaming for hours :(. Wish me luck!
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