I just want to sleep!

Samantha - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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There is no predictability in our sleep pattern even though I try really hard to do everything the same and have a set routine. Some days we sleep 12 hours, the next night we're up 3 times. Naps are no better, one day its 2, 2+ hour naps and than others we're lucky for 30 minute naps! I just don't know how to cope with this. HELP!!!

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Esmeralda - posted on 09/20/2009

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Quoting Susie:

I feel like this is TOTALLY normal. I am always trying to follow some sort of schedule just to make things easier. The one thing that Dylan (15 months) knows is that bath time means bed time and he loves it! Since he was about 2 months old every night we have had a bath. This way he gets clean, calmed down and ready for sleep! I also think as much as we all strive for a routine, sometimes kids like the excitement of something different. I feel the days when we miss a nap and are gone all day he sleeps the best! Ironic, isn't it?! The only experience I have with waking up in the night is that I generally let him cry himself back to sleep unless it is that awful, screaming crying. Maybe if you do not get the baby - they will start to understand that it is night time. Kids are smart - they know if it worked once, it could work again. And let's faced it - there is nothing worse than all that crying in the dead of night! I wish I knew how to tell YOU to cope, because that is most important but I don't know what to say about that. Get some alone time, if you can. Doing things for yourself should still be top on list! Because without you, they are at a loss! I am sorry for all the rambling, but I just wanted to get my ideas out there. I hope this helps and that you can get some rest! You deserve it! :)



i definitely agree with susie!



 



no sleep which makes you exhausted,upset,and easily annoyed makes it very hard to deal with everyday life. i thought i  was going to go crazy the first 2 months. looking back,2 months doesnt seem like a lot, but everynight with only 2/3 hours of sleep on a great night 4 hours of sleep is exhausting!!



 



maybe you and your SO can switch off nights with the baby.



good luck!

Susie - posted on 09/20/2009

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I feel like this is TOTALLY normal. I am always trying to follow some sort of schedule just to make things easier. The one thing that Dylan (15 months) knows is that bath time means bed time and he loves it! Since he was about 2 months old every night we have had a bath. This way he gets clean, calmed down and ready for sleep! I also think as much as we all strive for a routine, sometimes kids like the excitement of something different. I feel the days when we miss a nap and are gone all day he sleeps the best! Ironic, isn't it?! The only experience I have with waking up in the night is that I generally let him cry himself back to sleep unless it is that awful, screaming crying. Maybe if you do not get the baby - they will start to understand that it is night time. Kids are smart - they know if it worked once, it could work again. And let's faced it - there is nothing worse than all that crying in the dead of night! I wish I knew how to tell YOU to cope, because that is most important but I don't know what to say about that. Get some alone time, if you can. Doing things for yourself should still be top on list! Because without you, they are at a loss! I am sorry for all the rambling, but I just wanted to get my ideas out there. I hope this helps and that you can get some rest! You deserve it! :)

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