Can I join this thread? I'm doing the NCSS with my 6 month old DD Ivey. We're about 3 weeks into it, but we're just doing one thing at a time. (FWIW, we co-sleep and BF)
For the first 2 weeks my goal was an earlier bedtime, since my DD is constantly going going going and never really went to bed for the night until 10:30-11 (she'd fall asleep numerous times before that after 8 pm, but it'd be like a nap for her- once she'd wake, she was ready to play). So for 2 weeks I put her to bed around 8, and we've been pretty successful. However, I'm afraid it's not going to last because we do a youth Bible study on wed. nights and that one night off seems to be enough to ruin every other night. So now I'm wondering if it's really worth this extra effort to stay home, not do anything EVERY evening just to get her to bed by 8...because other than that, she sleeps well, she happy, she's healthy, etc. Anyway...
We also do a nightime routine every night now. Dinner, quiet play, bathtime, PJ's, book, BF'ing, bed... I've tried to stick with it no matter what, even if we don't get around to it until 9:30-10 at night, I still go through each step really quick. I can tell a difference in the way she sleeps (and falls asleep) if we ever skip the routine!!
But we haven't really started working on lessening night wakings, though. DD went through a stage for a few months where she only woke once at 3-4 am. to eat, but slept the rest of the time (this was when bedtime was at 10:30). Now she's back to waking about 4 times a night, on average (then again, usually about 2 of those are after we put her down early- around 8). I've been trying the PPO and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
That's where my question lies...does anyone else here have a high-needs baby? My DD was VERY colicky for the first 3.5 months, and she's still pretty high-needs most of the time (getting better day by day, though). I've read the difference in how high needs babies sleep on Dr. Sears website, so I wonder how that plays into the NCSS. Like when I unlatch her she goes NUTS rooting around and then just cries if I don't give her the boob back, and we can repeat this 10-15 times and never see an improvement. Not to mention she won't ever fall asleep unless she's hooked to the boob. Period. (granted, sometimes DH can get her to fall asleep after she's been awake for hours and hours and then he takes her for walk outside or somethign...but that doesn't happen on a regular basis). Any other efforts (rocking, etc) just end up in hours on end of screaming.
So anyway, that's my novel...and the story of my life.