Remember those six Amazon baby-napping books that I ordered?
Well, despite the hefty freight cost of shipping them all the way from the US, it was totally worth it.
I cannot sing the praises of one particular book enough: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by a paediatrician called Dr Marc Weissbluth.
I know that many are cynical about books, much less ones by a doctor with a funny name, but this one is a true gem.
This one saved us.
Dr Weissbluth (giggle) explains at length the actual importance of ‘healthy sleep, the five elements that make up ‘healthy sleep’ and then he has real, practical strategies for parents to implement if they so wish.
This is not a book about how to cradle your baby or how to sing them to sleep or where to put them down to sleep (a good book for that is The No-Cry Nap Solution by Elizabeth Pantley). Nor is it a book about routines like The Baby Whisperer or Baby Wise (both great books as well).
This book is simply about sleep. Helping our children to sleep. (And therefore getting some ourselves.)
It’s about when to wake them up, when to put them down for a nap, when to not put them down for a nap, when to keep them awake and when to put them down for bed. It’s about helping them to learn to fall asleep, which is a skill that they actually need to learn after three or four months of age.
In true Asian fashion, I read all the chapters that were relevant to Angus’ situation, underlined key sections and was even tempted to type up some notes. I don’t recall being that studious back in the days of studying law.
It’s been about four weeks now and the results have been remarkable. As I blogged previously, Angus was not napping much in the day after he turned three months. Then at about four and a half months, he decided to throw in some night wakings as well. I was desperate. Rick was desperate. If we had a dog, it would’ve been desperate as well.
Angus now sleeps through the night without any noise and he naps between two or three times a day and each nap is usually between one and a half and two and a half hours.
Today was an amazing example: he woke up at 7am, went down at 8am, woke up at 10.40am, went down at 12.15pm, woke up at 1.25pm, went down at 3.45pm, woke up at 5.45pm then went down to bed by 7pm. Not once did he cry. Like I said, amazing.
There are of course still funny days, as I like to call them, but these are significantly outnumbered by all the good days in between.
It has brought so much sanity back to our household.
Daddy and mummy are much calmer, the hours of the day no longer blur into one another but more importantly, the little man is much happier and much more content.
Thank you Dr Weissbluth (giggle). And I’m sorry I think your name sounds funny.
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