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Considering Pick Up/Put Down Method (Tracy Hogg)
Has anyone tried this, particularly with a 7-9 month old?


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#1 Little Duck

Posted 17 November 2010 - 10:02 AM

I'm considering trying the Pick Up/Put Down method advocated by Tracy Hogg in "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems" to address my 7 month old's sleep habits.  He is waking about 6 times a night and has been for about 3 months.  I've tried co-sleeping but he doesn't settle that well in our bed and I end up taking him back to his cot to sleep and I am not going to do controlled crying.  I'm overseas and have no access to sleep school so I need to sort this out myself or wait for him to grow out of it, which I'm sure he will eventually but it is just my sanity might run out first.  Pick Up/Put Down is attractive to me in that it is not so different from what I do anyway and is a middle of the road approach.

I was wondering if anyone has tried this method and could share their experience, particularly if they tried it with a 7-9 month old.

#2 sigh

Posted 17 November 2010 - 12:10 PM

I had a quick read of that book and didn't like it. I got a bit of an anti-breastfeeding feel from it and it seemed to me that it was just a gentler version of controlled crying. I'm also not a routine person. The pick up/put down thing just seemed like wrecking your back; but we do something like that sometimes - pick her up when crying, she settles down and then is fine when popped back in.

The other thing I didn't like with that book was that yoou have to watch the baby's routine for two days then you just have to wake them at 7 the next day...why bother watching for two days? seemed pointless

Edited by sigh, 17 November 2010 - 12:11 PM.


#3 miss hopeful

Posted 18 November 2010 - 12:08 AM

Hey there, I would recommend it, but be ready for some tears from your bub (and probably you). I found it a much nicer way to settle my baby rather than leavin her to scream for set times because i was there with her in the room and felt like i was helping her. They cry when you start to do PU/PD because they are frustrated as when you usually pick them up they get what they want, so be prepared for some initial outbursts and escalating tears when you first try this method.

My bub was 51/2 mths when i tried this because she was waking up after 1/2hr during days sleeps and couldnt resettle. To begin with it took me 40+ min and PU/PD many times to get her back to sleep over 2 weeks, but as time went on the number of times needed reduced until all she needs now is a hand on her chest and sometimes a "time to sleep baby" whispered to her.

I found this strategy really useful and remember that PU/PD should only be used if child is really upset and cant settle with hand on back and soothing words. Do you have her book "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your problems by teaching you to ask the right questions" Tracy Hogg goes into greater detail about the strategy tn this than in her other book.

Good luck and Im hoping the strategy helps you. biggrin.gif

#4 Little Duck

Posted 19 November 2010 - 12:25 PM

QUOTE (mazzashazza @ 18/11/2010, 12:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey there, I would recommend it, but be ready for some tears from your bub (and probably you). I found it a much nicer way to settle my baby rather than leavin her to scream for set times because i was there with her in the room and felt like i was helping her. They cry when you start to do PU/PD because they are frustrated as when you usually pick them up they get what they want, so be prepared for some initial outbursts and escalating tears when you first try this method.

My bub was 51/2 mths when i tried this because she was waking up after 1/2hr during days sleeps and couldnt resettle. To begin with it took me 40+ min and PU/PD many times to get her back to sleep over 2 weeks, but as time went on the number of times needed reduced until all she needs now is a hand on her chest and sometimes a "time to sleep baby" whispered to her.

I found this strategy really useful and remember that PU/PD should only be used if child is really upset and cant settle with hand on back and soothing words. Do you have her book "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your problems by teaching you to ask the right questions" Tracy Hogg goes into greater detail about the strategy tn this than in her other book.

Good luck and Im hoping the strategy helps you. biggrin.gif


Thanks Mazzashazza for sharing your experience.  I do have the book you mention and it took me a few reads through the sleep chapters to make sure I understood how to adapt it to my baby but I think I have it now.  We are 48 hours into to trying it and so far so good.  He cried a bit but not nearly as much as I expected.  Tonight only took 20 mins for him to go down and only a couple of squawks, no real crying so I'm really encouraged.

#5 miss hopeful

Posted 20 November 2010 - 12:53 AM

Oh that's awesome. So glad it helped. It's not for everyone but you gotta try what you gotta try. Good luck with future sleeps and hopefully the little bub will keep being fabulous biggrin.gif




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