Let me start by saying, I am not a huge CIO proponent. I figured that it had it’s place and knew at some point I would have to do it. A friend of mine asked me about it when her son was around the six month mark. She was having issues with getting him to go to sleep on his own and I told her that around the six month mark babies start to put the pieces together of – I cry… I get picked up… hmmmm.
Monkey got her six month shots on Friday so she was fussy that night. Saturday she was good and Sunday, fussy again. I didn’t feel 100% so figured that she must feel the same way. When she started to fuss and cry for no reason, we decided that she was not feeling good. Fast forward a few hours. She has been crying and fussing. We pick her up, she cries. We lay her in her crib, she cries. We put her on her changing table… she smiles and blows bubbles… wait, wha…?
So I decided to put her in her swing in out living room and observe. In retrospect I should have just put her in her crib, but oh well! She cried and fussed and cried and fussed… then I started talking to Hubby and she cried…fussed…blew bubbles…went quiet…cried…blew bubbles…got quiet… son-of-a…! I got into the shower and Hubby kept playing his game. Guess what, she was out before I got in the damn shower!
Yeah, Monkey has learned to manipulate us to her will. Let the fun begin! Tomorrow night she is going into her crib and I’m getting into the shower with the radio on (Hubby will have the video monitor so he can see (not hear…head phones!) her from afar.
So, now I know when to use CIO… when she blows bubbles and smiles in between cries.