Tuesday, July 8, 2008

You can cry your OWN eyes out Dr. Ferber.

Because my husband is a genius AND since he can't stand to let Meg cry it out, he came up with his own system to help her go back and stay asleep in the middle of the night.

Really, I should save all the details and have Kendon write a book and earn us millions. But, it's really a simple technique he has created here and would probably only fill a pamphlet. I don't know of anyone making the big bucks from a pamphlet. So, here it is.

The Kendon Method.

1. Take crying baby (namely MEG) out into the living room.

2. Set her on the couch.

3. Do not let her sit on your lap.

4. You may watch t.v., read a book, dose off. Whatever you are up to at 3:00 a.m.

5. Whenever said child tries to lay down on your lap, or have you hold her, ask, "are you ready to go ni-night?" Chances are she will say, "Nuh-uh."

6. Repeat steps 2-5 until child finally responds, "uh-Huh," and falls sleepily into your arms, ready to get off the couch and back into bed.

A few nights of this and your baby will decide it's much easier to stay asleep in their own bed.


***Disclaimer: I've actually never tried the method. I've only ever observed. (Well, when I say observe, what I mean is sleep through the whole thing!) Success rates may vary depending on the commitment and "wonderfulness" of your spouse!

***Disclaimer's Disclaimer: Since originally writing this post I have had to use the method myself. It has been successful for me as well, though I much prefer it when Kendon works the magic.

Meg when she wakes in the middle of the night.

Hey, I just figured out how we can make the millions. I think I'll rent Kendon out. He can come to your home and put the method to use for you. Believe me, a sleeping baby would be worth every penny!


jessica said...

Great sleeping tips! But my question is...what is that on Megs head, and how are they staying there?

♥Shally said...

We have been pretty lucky with good sleepers...

I need eating tips. My twins hate to eat.

Does Kendon have anything for me????

Lisa-Marie said...

That is an old picture from Easter. Those are bits of PEEPS.

Lauren said...

Those peeps bits are so funny...I am guessing that they are peeps bunny ears that have been relocated :)

Fantastic post! Kendon is a genius! We have been gone on family vacation and I am catching up on old posts that I have missed...your blog never disappoints!

Christie said...

Love Meg the devil child. What can Kendon do for my six year old who thinks that she should always have her way and be completely in charge of the world?

Dancin Queen said...

Ha ha--fabulous! Devil child--isn't that the true some days.

I know I've felt like crying myself in the middle of the night when they just won't go to sleep.

Bridget said...

I'm mean and let them cry. That's a dedicated husband you've got. Love the "devil peep horns." :)

Grandma W. said...

Sounds like a good idea, Kendon! If that doesn't work, try leaving her sitting on the daveno all by herself. She won't like that in the middle of the night!! Poor little thing - you had better bring her to Grandma's!
She looks cute with horns too!!
Love you!

queenieweenie said...

I would have loved to rent him out with my first one.

Now that she's 13, it might be a little creepy!

Phillip and Kirsten said...

i'm with ya. there's been a few times i've gotten the crying lydia (or dalton, but mostly lyd) out of bed, taken her to the living room, (keeping the lights off), sat her in front of her toys, and fallen asleep on the couch, only to wake up an hour later thinking, "oh my gosh! where's my baby!" and finding her asleep underneath the rocking chair. i'll have to use kendon's good example and put phillip on baby duty...

Kimberly said...

Love the peep devil horns. I'll have to remember the cry it out approach.

We were in Rexburg on our way to Island Park (family cabin). Next time I'll let you know we are passing through (although it was an unplanned stop due to near starvation of children!)

Ilene said...

Okay, I'm game. I will be giving birth in mid-september. What is Kendon up to at that time?

Wait, is sleep training a newborn considered cruel?