When I had my son, I was running two companies. I was working a lot! As many of you moms can relate to, I was exhausted by the end of the day, but my baby never was! I often had thoughts that he might be a robot. Some days he would only take a couple of 20 minute naps. He never slept the twelve hour nights like you hear with some babies. When I heard stories of babies doing that, I thought those moms were lying to me. 😉 I was very lucky, though, that I could take him everywhere with me. I could work from home if I needed to, take him with me to the office, and he even traveled with me. You can read my recommendations for traveling with an infant/toddler here.
I read every blog article on getting your baby to sleep. I tried calming and sleeping essential oils, tried playing lullaby music, tried reading to him…Let me sum it up: none of it worked. My husband and I were honestly reaching our breaking point after eight months of not being able to get any sleep.
One night I tried a new combination and it worked! It was life-changing. Bedtime wasn’t a struggle and he was asleep until 4:30 in the morning, the longest interval he had ever slept! We did this routine for four months until he moved on to the next phase. Then only his dad could get him to sleep…Go figure.
Here is what worked for us for those four months:
- Use a heater to make the bathroom warm.
- Light a candle and turn off the lights. This was important! The bright bathroom lights were too stimulating for him. It was the same reason I think music didn’t work. Fletcher’s brain couldn’t relax when there was so much to look at and listen to. With a dark bathroom and no sound, he could let his brain slow down and get into a restful state.
- I got in the bathtub with him.
- Using an organic massage oil, I gave him a baby massage.
- While we were still in the tub, I let the water out, laid a towel down on the bottom of the tub, and dried and dressed him.
Some nights he fell asleep before we even got out of the tub! I hope this helps if you are struggling with how to get your baby to sleep at night.