Our 10-month-old daughter Emily had us (well, me) wrapped around her little finger. All of a sudden I found myself doing all the things I said I would never do as a parent. Letting her fall asleep in my arms, giving her a dummy, bringing her into our bed…the list goes on! In the end, she would only ever fall asleep if I was holding her or she was cuddled up next to me in bed. I was in a trap of sleepless nights and I had no idea how to get out of it.
Then The Gift of Sleep came along and it was like a miracle from the Sleep Gods! Although I was convinced Elizabeth’s techniques would not work on my daughter, who had NEVER gone to sleep while put into her cot awake, I was at my wits end and knew it was worth a try. Once I took that step of committing myself to the program, we haven’t looked back. The first night was tough. Hearing my baby cry for me, both our hearts broken, was absolutely terrible – but I knew that once I got through the initial crying and protest, it would get easier. And it does! After 3 nights, Emily is sleeping in her cot all night from 7pm until 6-7am. No dummy, no holding, no rocking. Miracle! We still have the odd wake up during the early hours of the morning, but she settles herself within a few minutes.
I’m forever grateful to Elizabeth, Bec and Mia for teaching us that our babies really can sleep on their own! Don’t be scared to give Elizabeth’s program a go. Just remember the three c’s and DON’T GIVE IN. Your baby will thank you.
The biggest of thanks from Tammy, Richard & Emily.