Never Ending Sleepless Nights

Published April 12, 2014 by The Hip Grandmother

 

Long day on the 10th of AprilThere inside a baby’s crib is a beautiful angel…an angel that refuses to sleep at night. How did this happen?? This little creature that I love to cuddle and hold against my body is an active night-owl in sheep’s clothing. There has to be a better way before I go insane. Before my daughter goes insane.

I understand that we couldn’t set a sleep schedule before because she was still a newborn. Thank heavens she has grown enough to step out of that category, or so I thought. It has been a ritual now that I go to bed early, my daughter stays up with Victoria til the wee hours of the morning. Then I wake up about 6 A.M. and let my daughter go to bed while I stay up and have bonding time with Victoria.

Those days might be over….

So now we have to get on task. In order to have this child become a day person (which I am not and never have been), I am going to have to get strict with myself and strict with my grand daughter. Having said that, I have taken the liberty to research on how to keep an infant awake during the day. This will not be a fun ride but I have a feeling that the outcome will benefit us all in the long run.Victoria Renee outside 4-8-14

I understand that I have to be patient with her; it won’t happen overnight. Even if she’s up most of the night, I have to stick with the time my daughter thinks is best. For right now, that time will be 8 A.M. We are instructed to keep the shades open while she attempts to fall back asleep. Gosh that seems so barbaric….she cries in frustration because she can’t get what she needs….or wants. I am going to have to play lively music during the day or even have the television on. Noise is going to happen in our home anyway. She will just have to deal with the fact that we aren’t censoring ourselves anymore.

As the days and/or weeks go on while we are striving for our goal of having her sleep at night rather than the day, we keep in mind that this feat isn’t going to happen overnight. Patience is going to play a big part in this scenario but united with my daughter, we will help my grand daughter through this.

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7 comments on “Never Ending Sleepless Nights

    • Gosh I hope so. It was hard for me to keep my daughter on a sleeping schedule when she was young. I failed at that. I’ll be damned if I fail with my grand daughter. I heard a few ‘tricks’ that a friend advised me. She loves the swing.

      • Try Babies Magic Tea,its a natural organic tea that deals with gas in infants,a lot of mums swear by it,they found it that once they started giviing it to their babies,they started to sleep better at night.and try to keep night time feeds calm and day time feeds lively another thing is to make sure she is completely full after her feed at night a full tummy makes a sleepy baby,and make sure she has a blanket or a soft toy to sleep with that smells of your daughter,her mums scent will calm her too,Hope this helps,xx Rachel

  • I breast fed my babies but I found an additional bottle of milk just before bedtime invaluable! Was definitely my secret weapon! Good luck..there is nothing in the world quite like sleep deprivation..you have my heartfelt sympathy xxxxxxxx

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