This week we're looking at sleep - and what you can do if you're not getting enough. But what about that all important question; how do I get my baby to sleep? Our blogger Cath gives us her tips for sending your little one to the world of nod.
After you have had a baby the one question everyone seems to ask is 'Are you getting much sleep?' This is closely followed by either 'my son/daughter was 2 before they slept through!' or 'my son/daughter slept through from 6 weeks old!' As a new sleep deprived Mum it isn’t exactly what you want to hear.
Babies sleep a lot at first and when I had my eldest son I found the best way to cope with the sleepless nights was to nap when he napped. When he was tired I would put him into his pram and I would curl up on the sofa and sleep too. Whilst this meant the housework didn’t get done I’m sure my husband preferred having a slightly messy house rather that the incredibly grumpy person I turn into if I don’t get enough sleep!
I found that babies don’t always sleep when you want them to and getting a tired baby to sleep can be incredibly frustrating. You can see they are tired but they won’t give in! Here are some of the methods I have used to get my sons to sleep; hopefully they will work for you too.
- Take them for a walk in the buggy – my sons would always fall asleep after a walk, the tricky bit was getting the pram back inside the house without them waking up!
- Take them for a ride in the car – My eldest son always fell asleep in the car and even now that he is 10 still falls asleep on long car journeys.
- Rock them gently in the pram
- Warm milk
- Singing – I’m not a great singer but they have never minded!
Cath is an accountant, blogger and proud mother of two sons aged 6 and 10. Read Cath’s personal blog here.