And…. that didn’t work

standard October 5, 2007 7 responses

The other day when I whined about the lack of sleep Little L and I were getting, Dee left a comment which sparked a long lost memory. Way back when C was teeny tiny (8 weeks old to be exact) I gave her a bath just before putting her to bed. She slept through the night. I jumped for joy convinced that I’d stumbled on the perfect solution.

That very night we fed Little L a bottle, bathed her in soothing lavender baby wash, swaddled her, and I nursed her until she fell asleep. She slept from 8 ’till 3. A miracle. I got four hours of sleep and thought all our problems were solved.

The next night I switched it up a little and bathed Little L before her bottle. Three hours later she was still wide eyed and very much awake. Once she did fall asleep she slept for all of three hours and was up at 2. It was all I could do to stay awake as I fed her.

Tonight I back-tracked and attempted the bottle then bath routine again. And now I remember what happened after that first fateful night when C slept through. We tried it again. And again. And again. And yet the whole bath before bed thing never worked again. (Which is probably why she only gets about three baths a week.)

It’s 10pm. Little L is on her second bottle. She’s been swaddled for two hours. She’s slept for all of 5 minutes since then. And all those five minutes were while she was nursing. She’s gazing at M, cooing and smiling at him. While it’s sweet to watch them bond, it really doesn’t bode well for the night.

Anyone else have any advice?

I mean seriously. Is this the look of a child ready to go to sleep?

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7 responses

  • The bath was our ace in the hole. I wish I had something better to offer you… I do have this though – that is one darn cute kid!

  • oh that sounds rough. how old is she? does she have a set bedtime? my son is 4 1/2 months and has been going to bed around the same time since he was about 2 months. that really helps because he’ll get sleepy on his own and all you have to do is give him a bottle. i try to be fairly consistent about naps, try being the operative word. every kid is different though so yours, I hate to say, might not be so much for the schedule.

  • The pictures are adorable and hilarious. I can’t say I have great advice though. My daughter is 15 months and we’re still having “issues”.

  • Oh..I am sorry that didn’t work!
    Well,my son is not sleeping well either these days.Of late, he wakes up at 5 in the morn’ and wants to play!
    The pictures are lovely..she looks beautiful!

  • OK, this is what I did with my first 2 sons who NEVER WANTED TO SLEEP AT NIGHT! And we were up all the time with them until I found the AH-HA solution. And (let me preface) I was against doing this until I saw it work!! I put them both in swings in front of Baby EInstein and they would just lull themselves to sleep. It was the only thing that worked. Other than that, a car ride used to help or a stroll around the block.
    Good luck!!
    – Audrey
    Pinks & Blues

  • Your daughter and my son (10 years old) both. Sheesh! DH woke me up at 3 am saying B was still awake, despite sleep aid. It’s 5 now, and he’s been quiet for about 1/2 hr.

    That is not the look of someone who is about to nod off, I’m afraid, cute as she is. 🙂

    Would the going for a drive thing work, or is that just for colic?

  • I ALWAYS USED TO WAIT UNTIL LIKE TEN OR EVEN ELEVEN OCLOCK AT NIGHT AND GIVE MY NEW BABY A BATH,THEY GET SO TIRED OUT FROM THE SCREAMING THAT AFTER THE ORDEAL OF GETTING RUBBED DOWN REAL GOOD WITH LOTION AND GETTING DRESSED THEY ARE EXHAUSTED. I HAVE DONE THAT WITH ALL SIX OF MY BABIES. YOU PRETTY MUCH WILL FIGURE OUT WHAT WILL WORK FOR YOUR BABY AND WHAT WILL NOT.GOOD LUCK AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED ANYTHING.

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