If you’ve been following my BabyCentre pieces, you may have picked up on the fact that our baby isn’t the best sleeper in the world. In fact, he was pretty rubbish at it until recently. If, like us, you have sleep deprived you’ll know the pain of being borderline psychotic from lack of shuteye. Like some kind of miracle however, our baby has suddenly started sleeping. I’ve got to admit, it wasn’t a moment too soon either.
A baby who doesn’t sleep can be destructive. If you aren’t getting much kip, the world soon becomes a funny old place and added to that, you know your baby most likely wants to sleep, they just can’t. Sleep deprivation causes no end of issues in your everyday life. I know I personally struggle to concentrate and what’s worse, I’m an argumentative little bastard when I’m tired. You learn a lot about yourself when you become a parent; you learn how resilient you actually are as a person but you also reach a new level of dedication.
After 7 and a half months of very little rest, we’d tried everything to get the boy to sleep through the night. It wasn’t easy really. We tried various sleep-training methods, cot set ups, gimmicks, quirks, sleeping arrangements and it turned out that really, he just didn’t like sleeping. Who knew. it wasn’t until about a month ago we had a break through. After all of that torture, we put him down one night…and he slept through.
It was like something had just switched in his head and he kipped all the way through from 7 until 6. We were in such shock that neither of us slept, ironically because we were so worried something had happened to him. Crazily, within just a few nights of normal kip, you forget what it’s like to not sleep through the night. It blows my mind when I look back at how insanely wrecked we both were and how we just got to the point where being zombies was normal.
If you’re struggling to get your baby to sleep through, don’t worry, it’s just a phase. I know it sounds like a stupid thing to say, but it’ll get better – take it from someone who lived from 4 hours sleep for a prolonged period of time. We were made to feel awful because everyone else babies were “seeping through” from a really young age…don’t listen, everyone has their own sleep battle.