Ah, baby sleep. It's one of the most unpredictable things about being a new mom, right?
As I type this, my two year-old is running around with more pizazz than that Energizer Bunny and I am on my 3rd cup of coffee. Why? Because, uh...she's STILL NOT SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!
When my first child was born I remember hearing from so many people that babies slept through the night sometime around 3 or 4 months old. I held on to the idea that if I could just get to that age, all would fall into place. So I tried everything. And then I tried even more things. I read books and consulted our pediatrician. I talked to all of my mom friends and begged for help. I considered a coffee I.V. drip.
We've followed most of the advice of sleep experts. We have a bedtime routine, we are sure they have full bellies and quiet time before bed. We do the same thing every night. But we also keep in mind that there are so many factors to consider.
Some reasons babies and toddlers wake in the night:
2. Wet diapers
3. They are hungry
4. They are scared and want to be near you to feel safe
6. They are too hot or too cold
8. They are working on a big milestone (crawling, walking etc.)
So here we are four years later and my boy has been sleeping through the night for a few years now. He's even happy to go to bed (win!) but my girl? Not yet. I know she will eventually get there but until she does I just keep remembering that there are a million and one reasons why an infant or toddler wakes in the night. And that all babies are different. So I try and keep some perspective about it all. There will come a day when she sleeps through. And when that day comes, I'm sure I will look back on this time through those rose-colored glasses that we tend to wear when remembering our babies being little (Labor wasn't that bad, right?). But for now I'm drinking way too much coffee and hoping every night that tonight is the night she will sleep all the way through.
Ok, tell me...When did your babies sleep through the night? What's the best advice you were given about infant sleep? What advice would you give to a sleep deprived new mom?
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