Did you know that after about 12-15 weeks of being a really terrible sleeper, Alyssa actually started sleeping through. It was AY-Mazing! I’d have to get her to sleep on me and then transfer her over and I’d go to bed at the same time but she pretty much slept through. I didn’t tell anyone at first as I was worried I would jinx it, but after a week of her doing it again and again, I allowed myself to breathe a sigh of relief that the really hard part was over and that I could finally stop my eyes from hurting due to lack of sleep and really settle into motherhood. It was brilliant – after a few days I actually began to look human and after a month I was loving life and enjoying my daughter even more than before.
BOOM. CRASH. BANG. WALLOP.
It all ended and now at 20 months old, she still wakes up in the night and on good days, I resemble something that used to be human and on bad days – uhh let’s not go there. It was safe to say, I needed some help…
Don’t get me wrong, we have good and bad nights and I did some sleep training a while back ( you can read all about that in “Sleep: We Did It Our Way!”) and it generally really helped. Again she slept through the night solidly for a month and now I am lucky if she does it once every fortnight. Her nighttime antics vary from just a quick wake-up call, needing to be put back to where she normally sleeps or a slurp of drink and passing out again to wailing for up to two hours and me having to go back in repeatedly to settle her in order not to disturb the rest of the house. I have finally accepted by state of permanent exhaustion but definitely think some improvement can be made.
The wonderful people over at Johnsons asked me if I would be interested in trying out their new Bedtime Baby Sleep App (available for free download for i-phone and android) to see if this would help me sort out Alyssa’s sleeping problems. Unfortunately, I have never been one for the cry it out technique, so I am always keen to try something new that doesn’t involve this – they even sent me over this gorgeous hamper full of their full range of night-time products including their baby wash, baby bath and massage oil all of which are scented with lavender to help soothe and calm a baby close to bed-time. So, what is this app you ask?! Well….
“FREE baby sleep app at your fingertips. JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME™ baby sleep app helps you track and learn about your baby’s sleep habits, and provides a sleep-analysis tool with recommendations on how to help improve your baby’s sleep. As your baby grows their sleep habits change, starting to establish a bedtime routine early on can help support these changes. The BEDTIME™ baby sleep app can be used to help you develop and monitor your baby’s bedtime routine.”
I definitely think having a routine is a good idea and actually when I stopped and thought about it, Alyssa had been getting so good with her sleeping that I began to relax her routine and think that’s where I was going wrong. I have been using the app for a week – yes you do need to remember to pop on and let it know when your child is sleeping but you can also customise and set reminders for the bedtime routine aspects too which is quite handy – especially when you get caught up in things and lose track of time. This week, not at the beginning of it but towards the end, she has slept through TWICE, which is actually unheard of in the past few months and after her having been poorly is definitely welcome.
I am going to continue using the app and I am hoping that it will help me get a few more full nights sleep with the help of the lovely products we received too. Alyssa has always had a massage after her bath but again because I hadn’t got any recently she had missed this and because she enjoys the spray she had been having showers as these are a lot quicker but I can see now not the best at calming her down because she thinks they are a game so I have been making a conscious effort to go for bath and calm rather than splashing fun!
Alyssa has always had a white noise monitor that triggers when she stirs too but this week we have also tried using some of the lullabies and ambient sounds that come with the app – from the suggestion of the app after answering questions and getting her sleep score. So fingers crossed that this may actually be working and that in the next few weeks, with the help of Johnsons, I will have a sleeping daughter!
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