Sleep is my obsession, and probably the number one topic of conversation in my home. Primarily, the lack of it, the quality of it, and who got the least sleep on any given night. Tiredness is a sport y’all! We have spent a lot of time trying to sleep train Jack, with very little success. Read on below to see what we’ve tried, and if any Mammies out there have suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them!
Jack is 8 months old, so the sleep deprivation is extreme at this point. He has never been a good sleeper. I can count on two hands how many times he’s slept through the night. He wakes up once at a minimum, usually it’s 3-4 times. We consider one wake up a full nights sleep at this stage! He wakes for very little reason and it usually takes a bottle to get him to go back to sleep. Both Colm and I love our sleep, so I’ve no idea where we got this night owl from!
I’ve read all the sleep training articles, all the books and tried all the methods. Crying it out, Sleepsense, Co-Sleeping, White Noise and so on. I’ve bought a lavender infused sleep spray for his sheets – it made no difference but he smells great! I’ve tried placing loveys in his cot, different sleepsuits and baby wash that claims to induce sleep. I’m a marketers dream, and none of it works!
I am beginning to think that the baby who sleeps through the night is a mythical creature. I’ve given up on hoping for a full nights sleep, and am working on getting the wake-ups consistently down to once a night, and then hopefully dropping the bottle.. We have a routine down (bath, bottle, cuddle, place in cot drowsy), and have started sitting in the room with Jack until he falls asleep. Four days in and so far we’re seeing some improvement. It takes up to an hour for the baby to nod off, but wake-ups are down to 1-2 times a night – whoop!
I would love to hear other Mammies sleep training tips and tricks – What worked best for you?