So...here are a few tips. Take 'em or leave 'em. You know your baby way better than I do! OH - and if you have your own baby sleeping tip - post it as a comment to this blog. Maybe it will help another desperate mom in need of some sleep!!
|Jillian sleeping. It was one of the first |
times falling asleep on her own at her Nana's.
I remember taking the picture to mark the occasion.
2. Sleep begets sleep. Tired babies don't sleep well. They need good naps throughout the day in order to fall asleep well at night. Also, I found keeping them up late doesn't mean they will sleep through the night, especially if they are overly tired (which will produce the opposite of what you desired). I have to admit though, I used to "top off" both of my babies. They may have gone to bed around eight, but before I went to bed, I would sneak into the baby's room to nurse them. I would probably get smacked by some baby nursing / sleeping doctor right now, for waking a sleeping baby...but mom knows best...remember? Besides, they were drowsy and would just drink and return to sleep no problem. AND - I would get more sleep. That has to be worth something, right?
|Swaddled and sleeping Jillian. |
That girl loved to be swaddled.
4. All bets are off with a sick baby. It is still that way with a preschooler and school-ager. I remember as babies that I would worry about getting them back into their good sleeping habits after needing to rock a feverish baby to sleep several days to help him or her feel better. It would take a few days after the illness, but things would eventually get back to normal. My first priority was always to help the tiny little sick one as best as possible while they were feeling icky.
What sleeping baby tips do you have to share? Comment below! We would love to hear about them!