...set to be worse than 08
i think if you can summon the strength from somewhere to try and stick to a routine and not 'give in', you will be doing yourself a favour in the long term.. although, this isn't easy when you're suffering with lack of sleep and just want to do anything to make the crying stop (must be especially bad if you know you've got to wake up and look after a toddler in the morning - or for Jo, 5 other children!)..
i think you said that scbu sorted out a routine for Jack, so you just have to see if you can stick to one with Lola.. I know that it was only when I was ready to stop nightfeeding (cos I loved being close to Ben at night as was working in the day) that Ben started sleeping through only 3 days later.. Unless they have colic, which is a nightmare..
to be honest, am making it all up, but hoping there's something in what i've said, as will be trying it soon!
hope you get sleep tonight!
Hi Laura. The tip that all the books and HVs give in the beginning is to go out in the daytime and let baby get some UV, just on the face is enough, no need to strip them! Exposure to UV creates sleep hormones and starts the recognition between day - UV - and night - no UV.
Routines do help, I wondered how on earth I was going to get Catalina in a routine as I hadn't a clue how to start, as with Jack, NICU created Bon's routine for me before he came home, but Catalina had to follow a routine as I had to do the shcool run and Bon's routine couldn't be altered. Catalina will sleep for longer if I don't wake her in the morning for school so she is forced to follow Bon. I think that creating a schedule and sticking to it will help everyone, especially you. Even if it is as simple as Monday shopping, Tuesday baby group, Wednesday walk in the park, it give some concrete structure to your week and feeling of accomplishing something. It will be hard to start with as you are having no sleep, but a little exercise can invigorate you and hopefully ensure the sleep you do get is quality if not quantity.
I know I seem to be full of 'great ideas' but I do believe it is worth giving something a go and if it doesn't work, well, you've learned something and can move on to the next thing, and if and when you do speak to someone you can say what you've tried and I've found that people are more helpful if you have done what you can on your own. Good luck!!!
Glad things are on the up for you all,its nice to get the sleep you need.
With regards to sleeping in the swing i dont think it will harm her as long as its not all the time.I did try and get riley into a routine but it never happened how i wanted it to. On the other hand i never worried about waking him if i was putting him into his buggy to go out,the more he was awake in the day the better as he would sleep from 7pm after his feed then go through till 11:30ish,feed for a bit then go back down till 2-3am for a top up but most times he was good and went through till 5am.
He never got into a good routine till he was 3.I do put that down to me being easy going but a did stick to a bedtime routine of bath,milk,snuggle with daddy then into bed for a story then leave him to it.
Nicolette i agree with what you say about the natural daylight,my mum calls me a fresh air freek,as soon as i get up in the morning i open all the curtains and a few windows,mainly habbit from living in a condensation hell for a few yrs.lol. But seeing the bight morning does make me feel better.
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