the plan…

What is this? A whole baby sleep cycle, 45 minutes alone in the cot, without waking? Where is the BB I know and love tonight?

Eek. The last two nights with our new pissy little gentle no co-sleeping regime have been harsh. OMG. (Yes, it warrants MSN language.)

BB has been waking Every! Ten! Minutes!

Serious torture. To the point where I actually had to call my mother to come and take him off my hands for a few hours yesterday, just to get some sleep. Now I get why this baby sleeping caper is so hard for most people. My extreme napability has shielded me fairly well thus far, but this is intense.

One hour! It’s a miracle! We are winning small battles. He is not going ballistic as soon as I put him horizontal in my arms, which is good. He has started actually allowing me to put him down in his cot to sleep for short stretches. Short, short stretches. I am hopeful this will work ultimately, despite the current sleep dep.

So here is what we’re doing. For the record. And for Brandy.

Playing super-longplay hippy music CD with babbling brook and birdsong and tinkly piano on an hour-long loop.
Weaning him onto wrapping his arms around a soft toy instead of my neck.
Creating more routine sleep times during the day and at night.
Developing a structured bedtime routine – bath, story, bottle, cuddle. (No, we didn’t have one before. We suck.)
Using key phrase to calm him to sleep: Shh… time for sleeping…
Holding him for increasingly shorter periods to settle him before putting him in the cot.

Supposedly, all of this will change his sleep cues and he will be better able to settle himself without having to reach over and grab my hair constantly.

In fact, just after I wrote that he woke up (1 hr 15 minutes – not bad) and he only took a moment to settle. Better still was the urgency with which he grabbed the fluffy tail of his toy lion and curled his arm over it, so the mummy-substitute part of it all does appear to be working.

We’re yet to see whether the sleep part of it works. Hopefully it will be soon. Hopefully within seven days, when I have to be back at work.



10 Responses to “the plan…”

  1. My Reality Says:

    Good luck with BB’s sleeping.

  2. electriclady Says:

    That sounds like serious progress to me! I’m jealous of your being able to get BB onto a comfort object–BG would never take one (would, in fact, fling even her favorite toys away when I tried to tuck them in between us).

  3. Sam Says:

    That sounds like a sensible plan. Remind me to bug you for more details if I manage to procure an infant someday!

  4. Aunt Becky Says:

    It sounds like a good plan. If it works, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I am so desperate for any sort of solution that I actually went out and bought a vibrating thing that makes noise to put under his crib mattress. It doesn’t work at all, but it made me feel better to buy it.

  5. Bea Says:

    Yay on finding something that works! Hope it gets you rested before you go back to work.


  6. dawn Says:

    good luck!!!
    cub has had a setback with sleeping. been doing alot of crying and fussing when goes down the last few days. i think it is teeth!
    and also we napped with her one day and have had her lay with us over the last few days as a comfort to some news we got on friday which she learns quick, nicer, warmer to sleep with mommy or daddy then alone.

  7. Serenity Says:

    Good luck – I really hope it works so you and T get some rest. Before you, ahem. You know. Go back to work.


  8. ll Says:

    Lil’Mooey takes a different teddy to bed each night/nap… I didn’t want her to get too attached to any particular toy. She is good with this and we make it part of her sleep routine, to select who she’s taking to bed. (does that make her sound like a slapper!!!???)

  9. Lut C. Says:

    Do keep us informed on how this particular method works!

  10. sky girl Says:

    Been thinking about you this week. How’d it go at work? I’ve been working half days this week and it was tiring.


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