Babies are great but getting them to sleep through the night…not so great.
It is every parent’s dream to have a child who sleeps through the night. Most of us knows the reality that getting an 8 hour at night baby is very rare. Some of us have it easier than others; some of our babies sleep for 4-6 hour duration; and some of us have babies who falls straight to sleep with ease in their crib. I am somewhere in the middle of all of those scenarios. However, on a consistent basis, my son wakes up every 2-3 hours to feed and seek a diaper change; he doesn’t always submit to the comfort of his crib; and he has yet to sleep longer than 5 hours at a time (I’m dying here ya’ll). Nevertheless, I am a good and patient mommy and will wake up as often as he needs and suffer for it later.
Getting my baby to sleep requires a lot of patience!
I have followed a lot of the suggested regimens and practices. I have given the warm bath with lavender oil, which I still do; I read a bedtime story; I give him a pretty nice massage; and I played soft music with dim lights to let him doze off. You know now that I am typing this out, this sounds like I am having foreplay with my son, in a non perverted way. Some of those practices work or have worked before. Truth be told is you kind of create your own regime as you learn more about your baby of what they like and don’t like. The trick is to be consistent and patient. Whatever you find to work keep at it and trust that it will get better. My son wouldn’t fall asleep until midnight, but with consistency and “mommy manipulation”, we now see the bed between 9:30-10:00 pm. Total win for mommy! He use to hate getting baths at night, but I have found a way to overcome that as well and now he lays there and enjoys it. It’s all about playing the game with your kid. Unfortunately, it’s their game and their rules AT FIRST, but you can totally change it around before they know what hit them. Just hope that they don’t start to change the rules back around. Watch this video.
Night-Night Baby! #babyvideo #baby #goodnight
Posted by Nicole Nared-Washington on Monday, January 16, 2017