DISCLAIMER: I am an expert smartass, I am not a parenting expert. I am only a parent who tolerates her own children, more so when they are sleeping. This worked for my kids, maybe it will help out another exhausted family.
Also: No one likes being told what to do, especially moms when it comes to their kids. I’m included. Consider this a idea you can choose to ignore or ask me more about.
BUY THIS BOOK IF YOUR KIDS SLEEP LIKE SHIT:
My 1st kid slept like a teenager. As a baby, we would have to physically touch him to wake him up. As an exhausted 1st time parent, it was amazing sleeping until 10am WITH A BABY. That baby turned into an even better toddler sleeper.
Life was good. Then we had another baby.
I thought I had this sleep stuff in the bag for #2. HA. My middle boy was a terrible sleeper as a baby. I shudder at the memories of the crying for hours in the middle of the night. Someone suggested I get this book when he was 2 and waking up 4+ times a night. I scoffed. How the hell was a book going to fix my kid “who just doesn’t like to sleep”? Well, I caved after being a zombie for another day and got the damn book. The day I read a few pages that related to our situation, HE SLEPT THROUGH THE MF’IN NIGHT. It took some time to get him caught up on the sleep he missed for 2 years, but my little lamb was on track and Momma got the sleep she needed (that’s me).
Recently, I could tell that the baby was a little off track, even with him being the world’s most agreeable and easy baby, he was getting a little kooky. He would wake up for a bottle at 3 am, but then wanted to play and smile for almost 2 hours. It was cute the 1st night, dumb the 2nd night and by the 3rd night in a row, Momma was pissed. In the morning, I dug out the book, read up on 1-4 month old sleep, and my little giant baby slept from 9p-730a (with a bottle in the middle of the night, cuz he’s a GD giant baby) and just hit 2 hours on his morning nap. (edit, he hit 2 hours 15 minutes)
I use the suggestions in the book that work for us, ignore the ones that don’t, and holy cats, life gets better in the sleeping department in this house quick. You don’t need to read chapters that don’t apply to your age bracket or situation, so don’t say you don’t have time to read an entire book about sleep, you won’t have too. The author is a big fan of “cry it out”, FYI. I am not. But I think it depends on your baby’s temperament. The middle boy could cry for hours. Literally. He once cried for 3 hours. I almost died. Cry it out did not work for him. I haven’t tried it yet on #3 because he’s still pretty young. I like a lot of the suggestions that are in the book, but trust me, you’re the parent. Do what works for your family. The author has some big ideas at times, but he’s not at my house helping out at 4:30am feedings, so he only gets so much say in how things roll over here.
But keep in mind, it is the parental units that have to make the decisions and the sacrifices to make these tips work. Sometimes it SUCKS to put kids to bed at 6 in the evening. But think of the long run. And think of the luxurious sleep YOU, too, can get. HALLELUJAH.
If your little (or big) monster isn’t sleeping well, check this book out. Will it work for you? What the hell do I know? I’m just a mom who has a blog and is currently liking her kids a little bit more with the sleep they are getting.
It might be a huge waste of time for you. But, it may change the way you live and you might get a whole lot happier. Than you can spend more time on my lovely blog looking up delicious cocktail and food recipes to make life even more grand. Everyone’s a winner.