The main aspect of your life that changes when becoming a new parent is sleep or lack of sleep!!!!!!!!!! It can be hard to adjust to, but a good bedtime routine can encourage babies and toddlers to sleep right through. During the first few months of Darraghs life he suffered with reflux , this meant that sleeping at night was very rare for us as he would cry from 12pm to 5am every night. Although this changed when he turned 6 months and we started to wean him. (It does get easier!) We then introduced a solid bedtime routine to encourage him to sleep all night. We began sleep training when he was 8 months old as he refused to settle himself on his own (wakening constantly all night) We adopted the Gina Ford method, of crying it out for 5 minutes. Although it was unbearable at the beginning after two days he was soothing himself to sleep and sleeping all night. (It was a miracle!!)
What worked for us?
One hour before bedtime we encourage ‘wind down’ play. We read stories and listening to baby bedtime music, this helped Darragh to relax. After a while they will begin to associate ‘wind down’ play with bedtime. We usually begin this at half 6.
Bath time is a main aspect of our bedtime routine. We bath Darragh every night, using the Johnston’s bedtime bubble bath. Brushing his teeth in the bath is his favorite part. We try to give him a quick massage but now that he is older, it’s a rare occasion when he will sit still.
Sleepy feet oil by MummyLovesOrganic, has worked wonders for us. This now features in our bedtime routine every night.
After Darragh has been dressed and placed in his sleeping bag, we give our cuddles and kisses and tuck him up in his cot with some warm milk. He usually goes to sleep at 7.30pm every night and sleeps until 7.30am.
Sleep really does exist!!!!!!