What is our obsession with getting our children to sleep all night (besides sleep for ourselves of course)? Pressure from others, perhaps? Usually one of the first questions people asks a new mother is “how is baby sleeping?” It is the one thing we feel the most pressure to get "right". This results in inaccurate and unhealthy expectations and promotes dangerous practices.
So how is YOUR child sleeping… really? Tell it like it is so other mothers will know. Can you remember how your child slept at 1 month or 2 months? If so, send me a sleep “diary” about your child and with your permission I will compile and index of as many as possible for a blog post, "Sleep Uncensored".
Tell me how old your baby is,where they sleep, how long, how often they nurse, if they still nap,the best way to get them to sleep... and so on.
Email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org"
1-4 times depending on the night sometimes just for a cuddle
I think I assumed babies sleep well as that's all you ever see !
Eryn Cahill Stainsby My three year old still wakes at night, usually once or twice, and either one of us goes to her double bed to sleep with her ( at least until she falls asleep anyway, then maybe sneak back) or she just climbs in with us. We always lay down with her to get her to sleep, her bedtime is 7pm and she's usually up at about 6am for the day.
We also have an 18 month old who has never slept in our bed, she actually prefers to sleep alone, she goes into her cot without complaint at 6.30pm and wakes about 6.30am. I breastfed her to sleep until recently as well but now she has lost interest and weaned she is happy to go to bed sleep on her own. Never have done CC or CIO, she didn't need to be TAUGHT to sleep and my older daughter just likes extra cuddles when she wakes up and it's dark and cold, can't argue with that!
|Levi made such funny faces in his sleep as a newborn. Even now, he will laugh in his sleep|
Before you berate me however, let's just say everything balances out...my daughter started getting nightmares at 18 mths and we've been sleep-deprived ever since! She is now over 3 yrs old.
However, he didn't sleep through the night for years! He was quite a little baby and he still needed a night feed for ages. (He went straight back to sleep after that.) The hospital had given him a dummy to encourage his sucking and he couldn't sleep without it. We were so glad when the day came when we got him a little chain for it and he started putting it back in by himself. And after that, he would lose his blanket and didn't pull it up himself but had this chant he used (always the same words and melody) to ask us to put his blanket back on. And then there were night terrors... But at least he was never one of those kids who get up at ungodly hours in the morning ;)
Apart from that, he never had any real problems going to sleep and always needs plenty of sleep. We had to wean him off his afternoon nap when he started school, lol.
When he was 1 month old he would sleep all day and be awake a large portion of he night. I had no idea what to do with him! I stupidly pushed him in his pram hoping that was what he wanted. He would easily cry for an hour. I regret it now but I didn't know there was a 'feed them to sleep' option. Thanks doctor who told me I must just leave him and was a bad mother for holding him so much! Night were very very difficult and I didn't even start to get sleep until he was close to 5 months old. I wish I had kept him in the bed and fed him to sleep from day 1!
Hope this info is helpful:)