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Sleepytot: How to Stop Your Baby Waking for the Dummy or Pacifier

16 Mar

Every parent has a different opinion on whether to give their baby a dummy/pacifier, but our little guy has had a dummy from early on – some babies love to such and he’s definitely one of them. Our little boy is a very boisterous baby, always active, rolling, touching, looking around etc. and gets easily overwhelmed. Sometimes giving him the dummy for a few minutes is the only thing which will calm him down.

But there is of course one real downside to the dummy. From about 3 or 4 months onwards babies’ sleep pattern change and they sleep more like adults. Their sleep cycles are about 40mins long, after which they briefly wake up and then fall back asleep. I had no idea that is how all adults sleep, we just can’t remember most of the time that we’ve woken up!

In order to fall back asleep the baby will need to self-soothe. If she needs her dummy to fall asleep and can’t find her dummy, she is likely to start crying for it. So parents are faced spending the night ‘replugging’ baby every 40mins or so. Quite depressing.

Then a friend with two children gave us a Sleepytot, a little rabbit which can hold onto four dummies. It’s really soft and the idea is that baby can easily find her dummy and put it back in herself (obviously not necessarily at 4 months, but from about 6 months onwards is quite realistic).

And wow has it been great. Our little one has only had it a few days and has already used it loads. We just place it onto his chest when he’s asleep and if he wakes up he can often (not always yet!) find one of the dummies himself!


Chop up onions to help baby with blocked sinuses and runny nose

28 Feb

It’s amazing what a chopped up onion can do – did you know it can be the perfect natural decongestant and remedy for a blocked nose?

When our little boy had his first proper cold at about 3 months, with a blocked nose and a terrible sounding cough, a friend in Switzerland suggested we cut up an onion and place it next to his crib. Now as we share the room with our baby, this also meant we were exposed to the horrible stench of a chopped up onion – and let me tell you, the smell is potent!

But to our surprise, it really works. When our boy woke for his night feed his nose was noticeably clearer than when he went to sleep. And then in the morning, a few hours after the onion had dried up, his sinuses got congested again.

Now at nearly 6 months he just got his second cold. And once again we’ve placed an onion next to his crib and again it has really helped him to sleep. It might be coincidence but so far I have to agree with my friend: it really works!

Some other natural remedies for blocked sinuses:

  • You can try a nasal saline spray, they are available in most pharmacies
  • Use a Baby Nasal Aspirator to temporarily relieve the symptoms
  • Karvol decongestant drops (from 3 months)

New mum sleep deprivation

22 Feb

Wow there really isn’t anything quite like sleep deprivation! For me it really is like the worst form of torture – although of course I’ve never actually been exposed to torture and clearly there are far far worse things! 🙂

Baby Theo has actually been a pretty good sleeper from day one and only really ever woke for his night feeds and occasionally wants his dummy/pacifier put back in. Yet I’ve become a complete insomniac, sometimes only sleeping a few hours a night, simply because I’ll get woken up by one of his movements or night time sleep cries and then can’t fall back asleep.

Usually the less I sleep the worse the next night is going to be, it’s quite hard to break out of the vicious cycle. Forget about the baby being overtired, this is mummy being overtired!

Last night I was awake between 12am-3am, I sat at my computer and did some work, just couldn’t face lying in bed awake any longer. And as we are changing LO’s routine right now, he did wake up with a loud cry at 2.30am, 4.30am, 5.30am and then I finally fed him at 6.30am. After which he falls into a deep sleep… makes me think perhaps I should just feed him at night so we can at least enjoy a few more hours of undisturbed sleep.

Fingers crossed that once this new routine kicks in he’ll actually have good daytime naps and will sleep more soundly at night. I’ll write an update soon!