Well this came as a wonderful surprise. Jasper didn’t sleep through the night until he was 13 months and 6 days … I know the hours and minutes too if you’re interested?
Instead of giving muma peaceful nights and lie ins galore to make up for it, at 16 months, Jasper has decided to go back to his old tricks and sleep like a newborn! Pass the coffee NOW.
Last night was a typical night, we followed our usual bedtime routine and at 7pm I went to put him in his cot with his bottle. Instead of drinking himself into a milk induced slumber, he cried before he’d even reached the cot, pointing at the door and trying to distract me with his cuteness. Being knackered after many a night like this, I just got into his cot with him while he clambered all over me, playing peekaboo and eventually wore himself out, drank his bottle and fell asleep around 8pm.
He was then up at midnight crying a really upset cry. I thought it was his teeth as he carried on crying even when I picked him up so I gave him Calpol, teething powder and gel and then laid him in bed with me to soothe him. Well this was just the best thing ever for him, he became manically hyper, crawling around the bed, launching himself at me and finding it all too hilarious. So after an hour, I laid him back in his bed with a bottle.
Surely after being up for that long he’d wan to sleep right? Nope, he finished the bottle and cried out again just as I’d fallen back to sleep. I brought him into bed with me as quite frankly if I’d stood up with him for much longer I’d have fallen asleep on the spot! He slept through from there, until 6am when he woke up as bright as a button and ready to play.
Now I know as you’ve been reading this alarm bells have probably been going off in your head. ‘You shouldn’t have gotten into his bed’, ‘you shouldn’t have given in and given him a night feed’, ‘ you definitely shouldn’t put him in your bed with you’ but oh my goodness I’m exhausted. It’s a vicious cycle and all these ‘quick fixes’ will only make it worse in the long run I know, but I’ve honestly been to tired to care about the repercussions, until now. Now that I realise it’s not just his teeth or a leap. It’s been going on for too long that I’m afraid it’s become a new habit.
I’m going to try and up his food intake in the day, limit his daytime sleep to 2 hours and go back to giving him a middle of the day bottle. I might also try and put him to bed slightly later, but then I may need to give him a power nap in the afternoon. We’re pretty good with his nighttime routine but I’ll focus on that and maybe try and make it even more calming for him.
I’m also going to have to go back to controlled comforting and going cold turkey on the night feeds. If you have any advice I’d love to read it in the comments below, I’m seriously going back to my old fed up self and am hoping this isn’t going to be as long a process as when we first started trying to get him to sleep through!
Thanks for reading!