How to get your wee one to sleep through the night has been a hot button topic for many years. Parents will spend any amount of money to “guarantee” that their child will sleep through the night. They will spend money on different sleep attire, noise/music playing devices, light displays, and even pay someone to sleep in their child’s room.
Our little family came to a grinding halt this week when our precious little bundle of joy went through some serious sleep regression. Before I go any further I must present a disclaimer. I am in no way endorsing or suggesting positively or negatively a certain method of getting your infant to sleep. We are in no way passing judgement on how you get your wee one to sleep. The following is our story and what has worked for us.
We lucked out in the baby department and our little girl slept through the night starting at about 6 weeks. I set alarms to get up to feed her until she was 8 weeks old and my pediatrician told me I was nuts. Stella was gaining weight and height like a champ and I no longer needed to night feed! Matt and I both subscribe to Dr. Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby on the Block method.
Then about two weeks ago, Stella started waking up in the middle of the night. At first it was because she has pooped herself and would nurse back to sleep with no worries. Then a few days later she stopped pooping at night and would just wake up between 2-3am every night to play and it would take until about 4:30 am to get her back to sleep. Fast forward another couple of nights and she was waking up at 11pm and then 9 pm and would just shriek and cry. Nothing was calming her down at this point. I would pace with her for 2 hours and then wake Matt up to pace with her for 2 hours so we both could have some kind of sleep. We attempted co-sleeping in an act of desperation and it ended with Matt in the guest room and my straining every muscle in my neck and shoulders. We made a feeble attempt at the cry it out method and it only lasted 30 minutes before I thought my brain was going to explode, and my mother bear instincts were chomping on my ear drums.
After 72 hours of little to no sleep I was walking zombie and was praying to be hit by a car so I could nap in the hospital guilt free. I was driven to the wonderful world of the interwebs and with credit card in hand was ready to sign away however much it took for “THE” answer to our sleep problems. This led me to purchasing a 40$ sleep suit and two books on non-crying it out sleep methods. Just in case it was a bad case of gas I was ready to give up all caffeine, dairy, gluten, and soy products. As a mostly vegan this was a depressing prospect.
Of course the very next night she slept like a champ for 11 hours in her new sleep suit and with her air conditioning unit set slightly lower than I thought she would like. The books will still be an interesting read, but whoever would have thought that the baby liked sleeping in a lower temperature?!?!
The moral of the story here is that there are companies out there that prey on very very vulnerable parents. Listening to baby screams and being forced to stay awake is considered a form of torture. You can pay 5-10 thousand dollars for a sleep consultation when you can get the same advice from a 5$ used book from Amazon. I saw a very appropriate quote on the Facebooks the other day, “A worried parent does better research than the FBI”. Do some internet research on the subject and read a varied amount of sources.
If you are curious we will be reviewing the sleep suit and the two books once I have time to fully test all three products!