Learn what it is like to have done the 4 S’s looking back. Three years later, was it worth it? Were there any issues?
When McKenna was a baby, I used Tracy Hogg’s Four S’s to help her sleep (though we only used the first three).
It seemed to really help her settle in for sleep peacefully. When I shared about us using it, a reader commented about it seeming to be a bit more of “a production” than she wanted, and another reader wondered how this would translate long-term.
Well, McKenna is now three years old, so I thought I would post about the 4 S’s from the perspective of her being an older child.
I really liked our 3 S’s we used and I plan to do them with my next child.
That is the short story. This was my third child I sleep trained. I typically hate sleep training, but it was not stressful using the 4 S’s method. It was worth it. I see no downsides.
I continued to hold McKenna with her face over my shoulder while I sang her sleep-time lullaby until she was around 2.5 or so. I was amazed that every time we went into her room, I held her like that, I could literally feel her body relax just like I did as a newborn.
She was instantly ready for sleeping.
I found this to be fabulous because toddlers are often very wound up for nap time, so it was great to have something like that to calm her and prepare her so quickly.
Once I became pregnant, I knew that this wasn’t something I was going to do as a large pregnant lady, so I started putting her in her bed while I sang instead of holding her. She has done just fine! She sleeps great and hasn’t protested at all with the change.
And so my conclusion is that this action of the 4 S’s did not create a sleep prop. It was beneficial not only for a newborn, but for a toddler as well. It didn’t cost me any more time than I would take to put her to bed anyway.
It was also sweet and tender to start each nap with a sweet cuddle. Nap time was a joy for us both.
Therefore, I find it very valuable in helping your newborn baby to sleep. It is definitely not a move I regret making, and it is a move I intend to repeat.
See Sleep Training: The Four S’s for more.