Joanna - posted on 03/08/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )
So by now some of you let on to the fact that my 4 1/2 month old doesn't sleep well. She started off doing good as a newborn, sleeping up to 3-4 hours at a time. Then it slowly got worse, until, about a month ago, she started sleeping only 30 minutes at a time (yes, even at night), NEVER more than an hour. I slept downstairs on the couch, and she, swaddled, in her swing. If she woke up, I'd hurry over and push her swing faster until she fell back asleep. She soon became immune to this though and I'd have to put her on the boob every half hour to get her back to sleep.
I finally broke down and said to her ped "Doc, you gotta help me!" He, a doctor I love, said he would "allow" me to let her cry it out. I said "FUCK YOU!" well not really, I just said I didn't believe in letting a baby under 6 months do that, and even then not more than 15 minutes at a time. So I didn't need his permission to do something that wouldn't really work. I needed help.
I took it to Facebook... and got an overwhelming response that was almost the same - WHITE NOISE! Someone told me about an iPhone app. So I downloaded it ASAP. And I tried it when my little Eva was fussy but wouldn't lay down. She fell asleep as soon as she heard the ocean waves. So I put her swaddled self in her swing and she slept.... for half an hour.
But last night, I wanted to try something different. Sure enough, I don't know HOW, but I got her unswaddled lil body in her pack and play, and laid the phone down by her head and played the app. And she slept for a FREAKIN HOUR! All night, either in bed with me or in her crib, she slept for 1-2 hour straight intervals. unswaddled!
It's amazing! I got 3 hours of sleep. Would've been more, but my dentist is a twat and felt like digging around in my gums without prescribing me anything yesterday. But I haven't had three hours of sleep in one night in weeks!
So everyone - white noise! iPhone! now!