* I can’t promise this of course!
Sleep. Its the 64 million dollar question when you become a mother isn’t it? When you’re pregnant all you want to do is sleep and all everyone says to you is ‘you better get your sleep in now before the baby comes..’ (if only you could store it up like a battery and use it as and when required!)
Then the baby comes and you feel like your spending every minute trying to get them to sleep or to stay asleep. Let alone trying to get some rest yourself.
Following this comes the mum and baby group questions and interrogations:
‘Does you’re baby sleep all night?’
‘My baby sleeps a solid 8 hours…’
‘OMG! Send help! my baby won’t sleep at all.’
‘We have a strict routine – and its works wonders!’
they can make you feel a bit like a night time failure.
There is so many books on getting babies to sleep that you can more spend more time reading – and talking about – them than actually finding what works for you and your baby. If there was just one solution that book would be a world wide bestseller – wouldn’t it?
Now, as much as I wish I had the answer (I don’t by the way!) I thought I would share some things that have worked for Miss Marnie and I to help create the perfect ‘relaxing’ environment or our #mysleepstyle – and hope they offer you both a few minutes or, at best hours rest!
And, whilst we’re on the subject has anyone got any advice for getting a toddler to sleep in past 6am???
Miss Marnie’s Bedtime Essentials
Ever since she was born we have used music to lull her to sleep. In the beginning we played music from our phones. As the first cot mobile I brought was a wind up style and didn’t play music for very long. Now we have this VTech Ocean Mobile (search eBay as quite hard to find now). I admit its not the prettiest looking mobile and I avoided it for ages as it didn’t go with her bedroom decor.
But, the reason I love it is it plays lullabies and ocean noises that you can set on a timer, has soothing light projections on the ceiling but the best bit – if baby wakes in the night it plays another cycle of timed music without the lights (so, as not to wake them further.)
Miss M got this Fisher Price My First Doll for her 1st Birthday – and not sure when it started but she started taking it to bed and now can’t sleep without her. She only has her at bedtime so she is part of her familiar bedtime routine – in fact I got another one to keep at nanny’s house (as we have left her behind a few times before)
This Gro-Egg Thermometer was really for my own peace of mind in the very early days – as am sure every new mother gets concerned about whether their new baby is too hot or cold and the room temp is another worry to add to your list. We still keep it in her room now- I added the Orla the Owl egg shell as it fits her woodland themed nursery perfectly.
If it’s bath night – and I am going to confess we don’t bath her every night (bad mummy!). Then I will use a very gentle and lavender based bubble bath. Anything to aid a good nights sleep. Our current fave is Childs Farm Clean, Calm & Collected Bubble Bath for sweet dreams.
I know for some mums a bath is part of their strict bedtime routine but to be honest some nights especially after nursery she is just past it. A bath often wakes her up a bit as she wants to play with her toys. A quick wash, toothbrush and a quick body lotion massage is all I do.
Miss Marnie’s room is at the front of the house and anything to bock out unwanted light is a bonus. This Gro Anywhere Blind is my fave. It’s portable so we have taken it on holiday and when staying with family – it just sticks to windows with suction pads and really stays in place.
This is a new discovery – but the light scent of Milk & Co Nighty Night Room Spray gives the room a lovely calming aroma. I have nodded of in her chair a few times whilst lulling her to sleep.
Miss M hated those sleeping bag things – she went crazy that her feet were trapped (I kinda understand as I’m the same and always have to pull the sheets out of the corners in hotels and such). Thankfully I have a bit of a baby blanket obsession so I always ensure she has a few layers over her with a soft flannelette sheet too. That way I can add or take away as needed. I love this baby blanket from H&M.
Admittedly, she didn’t need another night light as the Gro-egg (above) is a night light too. But, this Brother Max Bunny Carry & Hang Nightlight was too cute to resist! It has a separate charging base, lasts for upto 12 hours (ummm, if only Miss M slept that long…), is cool to the touch and the best bit is it can hang over a door handle. So, my reasoning was that it would be great when she is a little older and needs a light to guide her to the bathroom in the middle of the night! (err..think I may need one for me too!)
As you may have read before Miss M loves books and we started reading to her before bed as soon as we could. We have a little routine of 3 book each night (sometimes 4) but always before the last book we say ‘last one’ which of cause she repeats and the last book is always Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Read my review here and the updated versions here. It’s a classic and we both love it.
This is obvious of course – but I just wanted to add that I always make sure her PJ’s are cotton and try to avoid buttons and any fussy detailing. I think the softer the better and my current lust-must-haves of choice are these twin packs from Boden – I love a mix and match PJ!