We’ve all been there.
It’s 3am, the baby is awake for the 5th time that night, and you’re starting to feel like you might be losing it.
You start to feel really quite alone in all this, and worry that all the other babies out there are sleeping brilliantly and that you must be doing something wrong because yours is wide awake.
First, let me tell you that you’re not doing anything wrong.
The parents whose babies sleep don’t know some amazing secret that you don’t, they’re not better parents than you, they just got lucky!
Secondly, when you’re sat in bed in the middle of the night feeding your baby (again), check out these 5 blog posts that might just make you feel a bit better:
1. How to really and truly get your baby to sleep through the night. This is a great post from ‘surviving a sleep thief‘, and a fab jumping off point to start exploring the rest of the posts there, it’s a great place to be if you’re living with a sleep thief of your very own!
2. Squirmy popple has also written a couple of posts about dealing with a baby who’s resistant to the whole idea of sleep, but this one is my favourite so far – how to get your baby to sleep in one easy step.
3. If you’re in need of more light relief then Brummy mummy of 2 is always a good option, I love the sense of humour in her posts. Her post, 6 ways you know you are a ‘mombie’, had me nodding along all the way through, which is maybe a bit worrying!
4. On a more serious note, if you want some science based information on why it’s ok that your baby wakes in the night, then go and check out this post on baby sleeping patterns. Make sure you check out the video which goes into details about the findings of a recent study carried out here in Swansea about how normal it is for babies to wake up in the night.
5. And finally, not wanting to toot my own horn too much, but this post I wrote on why I think we should maybe stop giving false hope to parents of babies who don’t sleep might give you some comfort in knowing that sometimes the best thing to do is stop trying to follow all the advice and just accept the stage you’re in.
Just ride it out.
Hang in there, it will get better.
Until then, go read some posts, know you’re not the only one going through this, and keep on drinking that coffee!