After four days of sleep training our 7 month old, we've had good results for night sleeping, but day time sleep has gotten progressively worse. We are on the verge of giving up on the day time routine, but don't want to stop just before things turn around. Help?
We are in the process of sleep training our 7 month old daughter. She had been refusing to nap without being held and had been waking every hour through the night. We've been following the Sleepeasy Solution
which recommends putting her down with periodic check-ins at night and for three 1+ hour naps during the day.
Four days in, we've had immediate results in night sleeping and are very happy with how that has gone. However, the nap times have gone horribly. Each day, she gets less sleep than the previous one and is now napping less than before we started. Yesterday, she cried through three naps then slept for 30 min only because we put her in the car (okayed by the book for some emergency rest). After four days, our daughter is hoarse and listless and we are raw, on edge and worried that we will derail the progress we've made at night. We are considering stopping the day time training. When we started, we were committed to trying this for a week but we feel like there has to be some improvement in napping to justify continuing to put ourselves and our daughter though this. Of course, we don't want to lose any progress we may have made especially if there is a breakthrough around the corner.
Previous threads mostly address whether to sleep train at all, and are really focused on night sleeping. I guess we're looking for moral support and some confirmation that we're doing the right thing. Specifically, for people with personal experience sleep training (especially those familiar withe Sleepeasy), we'd like to know:
-When you started sleep training, did you make incremental progress each day? Or did it get worse before it got better? When did it turn around?
-Did you sleep train for night and day sleep at the same time? How long did napping take to sort out relative to night sleep?
-Alternatively, did you sleep train for the night and then do day separately? How did that work?
We realize that some people are opposed to sleep training at all. That is obviously not us, and we'd like to keep away from general arguments about the merits of sleep training. Thanks.