In the wise words of Morgan Freeman; Jasper, go the f*** to sleep! If you haven’t watched his story time on youtube then you probably think I’m a terrible mum; but watch it …. if you have a child that doesn’t sleep it’ll be like music to your ears!
Jaspy doesn’t sleep. Well he does; he sleeps a lot but it’s not solid, good sleep. He goes to bed anytime between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Yes I know routines are so important but with Jaspy that word doesn’t exist. One day at 7pm he could be exhausted and the next wide awake. Yes I’ve tried just putting him in his cot but he’s not one to eventually go off; he gets worked up to the max and cries till he gags – it’s awful and not something I want to put him or myself through.
He could then have a great night; only waking once for a quick cuddle or he could wake 5-6 times for feeds. Occasionally he’ll have one feed and then be wide awake for an hour and on one night he even slept from 9pm – 5:45am … one night!
I was really focusing on the night time, so much so that I ended up forgetting about the day. I wouldn’t bother with times of meals or sleeps in the days because all I was concerned about was how much he slept or how much he ate. Then my best friend told me to shift my focus to the day time; concentrate on getting a day time routine an the rest will fall into place. Of course it hasn’t worked straight away but one thing it has really done is helped my mind set.
I can’t control his middle of the night ‘routine’ but I can control it during the day. I can make sure to schedule his feeds and naps .. whether or not he’ll have them is another story entirely!
With the best intentions in mind, here is our rough schedule:
7am 7oz bottle
9am -9:45 nap
11am 7oz bottle
3:30pm 7oz bottle
6pm bath and massage
7pm 7oz bottle, book and bed
This is the plan but every day varies so much. As strict as I try to be if he’s not tired he’s just not tired. More often than not Jaspy is either teething, has a sore bum or tonsillitis so it is really is tricky to get his day time routine sorted. He’s such a hyper baby full of energy which is amazing but down time is non existent. He’s gone off cuddling and watching T.V and if I try to read him a book o relax him he just grabs it and throws it!
Tips, advice and help are so so so welcome! I’ve emailed the Blissful Baby Expert who will hopefully be able to get to the bottom of things!
Thanks for reading,
~ Tired J~