Alexis, three and a half months.I promised to write about what happened to the try out of this sleeping method called "Standardmodellen". This method helps your child to sleep longer during nighttime. If you are interested in it, read more about it in a former post I wrote.
The conclusion of my experiences now is that we've failed when it comes to do this according to how it is described. The truth is that I could not take his very sad and hysterical crying that you are meant to "stand" the first three nights through and "vagna" (rock the pram in a certain way to break the screaming and unstress him)" when you are trying to prevent the little one from eating during nighttime. I mean, I think that babies do not need to cry unless there is something that bothers them. And then, as a parent, it is your task to make sure to listen to whatever need they have and make the little one feel safe and protected. I think if you succeed in doing that, you will have a secure child and a happier one too.
So after 40 minutes of hysterical screaming the first night just to wean him from eating was too much for both M and I. I could not take it. A baby's scream is meant to break into every human soul and as a mother/parent, it was just too much.
The good thing though is that since Alexis was 4 weeks old, I've been very strict with routines for him during daytime and before going to bed. So what we do now is simply make sure that he sleeps at certain times during daytime and I put him to sleep with the exact same routines day after day. He still wakes up every third hour during nights, but I just take him up straight away, give him food sitting (because does not eat properly when I lie down as he is half asleep) and after I just put him back to bed. It works better for us that way. I am a very hungry person myself and would never be able to go to bed hungry, so until he starts eating proper food, I guess this is how we are going to have it.
We still use the "vagning" whenever he can't sleep though. Five harder pushes and some simple ones and then end with some gentle shaking. He now falls to sleep in two minutes (if he is properly feed) with this kind of "vagning". So that works well.
That being said, one of my very close girlfriends did the "SHN, Sova Hela Natten" method with her 5 months old baby. But she hired a professional woman, a specialist, for the occasion and she took care of the first screaming nights because my girlfriend could not stand his crying. And from being a very complicated little cutie when it come to routines and sleep, he manages to sleep 12 hours per night without waking up after ten days. So it truly works. But honestly, I think it is impossible when the child is too young and only nurtured by milk. They need porridge or food in their bellies and be very full to manage a whole night of sleep without trouble.