Sleep Training without Disrupting the Neighbors

Sleep Training without Disrupting the Neighbors

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Carrie McBride
Feb 3, 2010

Q: I have a 5 month old daughter who has always been a good sleeper; she got herself on a great schedule very soon after birth where she woke at 3:30, 6:00 and then 8ish for the day. Since she hit about 4 months this has begun to deteriorate quickly. We live in an apartment so when she wakes during the night I quickly rush to quiet her so as not to disrupt the neighbors. (continued after the jump)

Sent by Danielle

This has snowballed and now I find her in bed with us most the night nursing because this means I can get some semblance of sleep too. I feel if I don't nip this in the bud soon I will have a sleep monster on my hands but most sleep training involves a substantial amount of crying for a few days at best. I was hoping some of your readers may have experience with this problem. I don't want to let the fact that we are apartment dwellers dictate how we raise our child but I also don't want to disrupt the building.

Editor: We're very interested in hearing your responses to Danielle since we also went through sleep training with (thankfully, understanding) neighbors. Have you been through this? Let Danielle know how you handled it in the comments.

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