Friday, January 19, 2018

Let's Talk About Sleep, Baby

Whenever I post about how Zac is sleeping through the night I always get a ton of emails or direct messages asking how I do it.  I'm three kids deep and still don't have any tips that are 100% foolproof and I'm sure you know why...there aren't any!  There are a million and one factors that come into play when it comes to your baby's sleep. No two babies are the same so it's really hard to tell what's going to work and what's not.  Ultimately what I've come to learn is that (simply put) some babies are just not good sleepers.  It takes time & patience. And coffee & wine.
I do have 4 tips that have worked for me in one way or another over the years and think they're worth sharing but don't hold me to it!

1)  As soon as you feel that baby is ready to be in their own space and not in your room, get um out of there!  Getting used to sleeping in a bassinet or crib right next to your bed or in some cases right in your bed might be working against you if you let it go too long.  The transition might not be fun but I definitely think if baby knows you're not right next to them at their beck and call they may not be as inclined to wake up!  Brad slept in our room until he was over a year old because we, at the time,  didn't have the extra space for him.  Around six months he started waking up at all hours of the the night crying for us and wanting to be in our bed.  Fast forward two years later and even though he has his own room now we are still feeling the wrath!

2) Try a Woombie!  You guys know my love runs deep for these things.  They're easy to use, effective and safe!  Zac has used his every single night since he came home from the hospital.  It's definitely worth checking out.

3)  If your baby is old enough for solid foods, try avocado's before bed.  If they don't like plain avocados puree it with some sweet fruit like apples, pears or blueberries.  Avocados are packed with "good" fats that stick with them longer and help them feel more full throughout the night.  I always noticed a huge difference with Charlie on nights that he had avocados for dinner!

4) Lastly, try to let your baby fall asleep on their own. The way your child falls asleep i.e. nursing/bottle or rocking will be the way they want to fall asleep when they wake up in the middle of the night. I say "when they wake up" because they will. All babies wake up in the middle of the night.  The difference is whether or not they are able to fall back asleep on their own or if they cry for you to bring them their "sleep crutch" i.e. bottle/ rocking etc.  I have found this to be so true with all three of my kids.  Even though I give a bottle before bed I always try to keep them awake until I put them in their crib so that they are able to fall asleep on their own.

Good luck and remember to give yourself grace during those difficult nights.  These months or even years are only a phase and I promise you one day you'll look back on these sleepless nights and miss it! XOXO