Mommy Monday: Are you a tired mom?January 12, 2015
It was one of those situations where you knew what you were doing was wrong, but couldn't stop. Before bed, Penelope and I would cuddle on the couch and watch an episode of her favorite cartoon and she would fall asleep in my arms. Such a wonderful feeling. I'd place her in bed, asleep, only for her to wake up an hour or two later refusing to sleep in her own bed. Knowing I had to wake up for work the next morning, I'd give up. I'd lay on the couch with her and cuddle with her until my alarm woke the both of us up.
I knew what I was doing was wrong. It is so dangerous and unhealthy to sleep with your baby. Not only was I setting her up for dependency issues, but I was putting her health at risk. Every day babies are seriously injured or even killed due to unsafe sleeping conditions. I knew these statistics and knew something had to change. Of course, it was Joshua to the rescue. I couldn't say enough great things about him to make my readers understand how excellent of a father he really is.
Since we work opposite shifts, I was always the one putting her to bed. Me, the sucker. She knew if she made a single peep I'd be in her room, whisking her away from her bed and into my arms. I guess you can say Joshua broke both of us of our bed time habits.
Here's the annoying part, it took him two nights. TWO NIGHTS! Two nights to achieve what I had been miserably failing at for the past 10 months of her life. I'll never live it down.
His methods were almost too simple. He'd give her a smooch, lay her in bed, hand her the tag of her soft blanket (that's crucial), and turn on her Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother . She still cries, which kills me, but it literally lasts for five minutes. Now she's sleeping through the night like it's second nature. There's been a few times I actually have to wake her up in the morning.
Since I don't have the luxury of having Joshua home with us every night, I depend on the Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother. This thing has been such a gift in just the short time we've been using it. Not only does it have different volume settings, it has a remote as well. If I hear her fuss at night I just tap the remote and she's out within seconds.
These are the methods that worked for us and I understand they may not work for everyone. If you have, or plan to purchase one of these crib toys be very sure to follow instructions for safe installation. These can be purchased at Babies R' Us , Target , and Walmart . Ours was a gift from my parents for Christmas. If you, or someone you know, is having a baby I definitely recommend these on your "must have" list.
Don't be a tired mom, get in a routine!
Moms, is your baby sleeping through the night?
What methods have you found are best for bedtime?
Do you have a routine?