Not a debate - my baby slept last night!

Joanna - posted on 03/08/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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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!

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Ez - posted on 03/08/2011

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Excellent news! Babies really are trial and error, aren't they? I'm glad you found something that works and you are getting some rest :)

Sarah - posted on 03/08/2011

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Congrats Joanna! That's awesome! Hmmm I may need to try out that white noise thing with my 17 month old son.

Krista - posted on 03/08/2011

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I have a white noise machine that I just bought at Canadian Tire or something. There are a bunch of different sounds, and it wasn't expensive at all. We have it on in his room during naps and at night, on the "crickets" setting. It's quite nice. We used to use it ourselves when we lived in the city, to muffle the traffic sounds.

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April, you can get sound machines or cd's that would do the same thing the iphone app does. Worth a shot!

Joanna - posted on 03/08/2011

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thanks guys!

April, I knew she didn't want to be swaddled for awhile. But my problem was getting her to sleep unswaddled. if an arm came out while sleeping, she was fine. but to GET her to sleep unswaddled... was impossible. The white noise helps get her to sleep. I laid her in her pack and play last night and her eyes shot open, so I put the phone by her and ducked out of the way so she couldn't see me... and she fell back asleep.

And it's an ocean sound that helps Eva, and seems to help all my friend's babies. Maybe try a nature sounds cd?

Bonnie - posted on 03/08/2011

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That's great! It makes life so much better when mommy and baby get some decent sleep.

April - posted on 03/08/2011

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I may try it on my 2 year old, can't hurt! I can't afford an iPhone, but maybe I can find something similar. I used a fan over the summer, which worked great (he doesn't STTN but he does sleep in 2 hour intervals) . I'd also like to point out that I don't think it was just white noise that helped Eva. I think it was a combination of not being swaddled. My son hated being swaddled. I actually stopped swaddling him at about 4 months old, he would just cry or get really fussy and upset!

Krista - posted on 03/08/2011

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Oh, that's WONDERFUL! I'm so happy for you! It's soul-crushing to be sleep-deprived for so long, isn't it? I hope that this is the start of Eva sleeping well through the night!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/08/2011

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That is awesome Joanna! Nothing like getting your baby to sleep and reaping the benefits!

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