With the end of Logan's monthly letters I realised I haven't been recording the little things about his life. So tonight's topic the ever elusive sleep.
While Logan was sick we fell into the dangerous trap of letting him co-sleep with us. I always swore I would never do this but that's the thing with this whole parenting job everything you “thought” you'd do/never do goes out the window. Neither Andreas or I could see the point in letting him suffer or spending hours awake at night when he could simply snuggle up (flail his limbs everywhere) with us and fall asleep. So that's how we fell into the trap so to speak.
Once our little monster was feeling better I decided it was time to hit the books and see if I could solve our sleep problems. No Tizzie Hall or gentle lala sleep crap, I was searching my kindle and stumbled across this wonderful book: The Sleepeasy Solution – the exhausted parent's guide to getting your child to sleep – from birth to age 5. It's written by Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack who are also behind the http://www.sleepeasy.com website but don't just rely on the website you really need to read the book in conjunction. It is using a cry it out technique so if you aren't up for that I would hesitantly recommend this book. But I have found it one of the most in depth with sections on co-sleeping etc… (As an aside I haven't been paid for or even given this book for free I spent around $10 on the e-book and just really liked it!)
After reading the book we've created a strict bedtime routine which all happens in his bedroom:
- Nappy and pjs
- Brush teeth (the only part were we venture out)
- Quiet play (optional)
- Reading books
- Sleeping bag
- Fan on (for the white noise)
- Cuddles and good nights
- Put in his cot at 715 or as close to
For his naps we do a shortened version of this which is usually just bottle and pjs. His naps still aren't long but according to the book these are the harder ones to solve and take a longer time.
I've got my hopes up that eventually he will go down for long naps but we'll see…isn't that always the case! But with all aspects of parenting we need to seek out the positives and for us at the moment it's that he's sleeping through the night.
I don't know of this post will solve anyone else's problems but I just wanted to share our journey. We all feel so alone when it comes to horrible sleeps (and other hard aspects of parenting) but we really aren't! Bring back the village I say to help us raise all our children.