When I was pregnant I remember a colleague of mine saying, “good luck with the sleep deprivation it is a Bit*ch” (her words, not mine). To be honest as a first time mum I didn’t know what she was going on about.
Just after my labour (check out my labour story here) all I wanted to do was sleep, I was wiped out! No one tells you as soon as your baby is put onto your chest you won’t sleep solidly for the next 18 years (joke). But seriously I so desperately needed 10 hours straight sleep but, your new bundle of joy needs feeding, changing, cuddles etc. So to all those lovely mums to be out there, you will have broken sleep for a while.
After a few months of broken sleep, my little lady shocked us! She only went and slept all the way through the night for the first time! We were absolutely elated! How did this happen you may ask?
Well my hubby (unlike me) likes order and routine. Thank goodness I have him, because he insisted bubs had as much of a night-time routine as possible.
Every night we kept everything the same. Here is an example of our night time routine in the early days:
I honestly didn’t mind not having a social life, because I needed the sleep. I was running a business at the same time. If it wasn’t for the hubby putting this into place I wouldn’t have been able to have functioned as well as I did.
My little lady is nearly three years old now, and when it gets to 6:30pm she asks to go to bed. All of our hard work and perseverance has paid off.
Of course every baby will be different, but this is what we did to get a good nights sleep! I wish you every success with sleep “training” (hate this word for some reason) your baby, and I hope you too get a good night sleep Kxx
Hi! I am Katie... a new mum trying to balance life, work and a beautiful baby girl! I love to take photos, travel, write, make art, and spend time with my family! xx