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How to Stop Mummy Sleeping Through the Night

Monday, August 26, 2013

OK, here's my situation. My Mummy has had me for almost 7 months. The first few months were great. I cried, she picked me up and fed me, anytime, day or night. Then something happened.

Over the last few weeks, she has been trying to STTN (sleep through the night). At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it is only getting worse. I've talked to other babies, and it seems like its pretty common after Mummies have had us for around 6 months.

Here's the thing: these Mummies don't really need to sleep. Its just a habit. Many of them have had some 30 years to sleep and they just don't need it anymore. So I am implementing a plan. I call it the Crybaby Shuffle. It goes like this:

Night 1: cry every 3 hours until you get fed. I know, its hard. Its hard to see your Mummy upset over your crying. Just keep reminding yourself, its for her own good.

Night 2: cry every 2 hours until you get fed.

Night 3: every hour. Most Mummies will start to respond more quickly after about 3 nights. Some Mummies are more alert, and may resist the change longer. These Mummies may stand in your doorway for hours, shhhh-ing. Don't give in. I cannot stress this enough: CONSISTENCY IS KEY! If you let her STTN (sleep through the night), just once, she will expect it every night. I KNOW ITS HARD! But she really doesn't need the sleep, she's just resisting the change.

If you have an especially alert Mummy, you can stop crying for about 10 minutes, just long enough for her to go back to bed and start to fall asleep. Then cry again. It WILL eventually work. My Mummy once stayed awake for 10 hours straight, so I know she can do it. Last night, I cried every hour. You just have to decide to stick to it and just go for it. BE CONSISTENT!

I cried for any reason I could come up with. My sleep sack tickled my foot. I felt a wrinkle under the sheet. My mobile made a shadow on the wall. I burped, and it tasted like pears. I hadn't eaten pears since lunch, what's up with that? The cat said "meow". I should know. My Mummy reminds me of this about 20 times a day. LOL.

Once I cried just because I liked how it sounded when it echoed on the monitor in the other room. Too hot, too cold, just right - doesn't matter! Keep crying! It took awhile, but it worked. She fed me at 4am. Tomorrow night, my goal is 3:30am. You need to slowly shorten the interval between feedings in order to reset your Mummies internal clocks.

Sometimes my Mummy will call for reinforcements by sending in Daddy. Don't worry, Daddies are not set up for not needing sleep the way Mummies are. They can only handle a few pats and shhing before they declare defeat and send in the Mummy.

Also, be wary of the sleep sheep with rain noises. I like to give Mummy false hope that listening to the rain puts me to sleep sometimes I pretend to close my eyes and be asleep and then wait until I know Mummy is settling back to sleep to spring a surprise cry attack. If she doesn't get to me fast enough I follow up with my fake cough and gag noise that always has her running to the crib.

At some point I am positive she will start to realise that she really doesn't really need sleep.

P.S. Don't let those rubber things fool you, no matter how long you suck on them, no milk will come out. Trust me.
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BLUEJEANS27 8/30/2013 9:30AM

    Hilarious!! Sadly, I remember those days all too well! My 2 boys (now 18 and 20) both had gastro-intestinal issues that they eventually grew out of, but they did not sleep through the night until they were 15 months old!! I was a walking zombie emoticon

All my sympathies, and I do recommend having your pediatrician make sure there is nothing medically-related going on. My first son had a bout of diarrhea at 4 months old that caused him to develop lactose intolerance a few weeks later, and he started crying more and not STTN at 6 months old. This was a very rare condition that my pediatrician insisted was simply a sleep issue, even though I kept telling him I could hear my son's stomach rumble and then he would cry and pull his knees up to his chest. It took a pediatric gastro doctor to finally diagnose it correctly.

Good luck!!
Julia

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NAYPOOIE 8/26/2013 8:43PM

    I always suspected it was a conspiracy.

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BARCLE 8/26/2013 6:59PM

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PDSLIM 8/26/2013 1:42PM

    I'm sending this to my niece. She just had her 2nd baby.

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NEWMEISHERE 8/26/2013 7:24AM

    Mine are all teenagers now and I still don't get to sleep through the night,hope you get some rest soon

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COLLEENROSTE 8/26/2013 1:49AM

    this is funny- \I know many visiting health nurses that do baby followup and no sleep is a common complaint- who knew the babes had a "How to Train Parents" manual? They sure don't send a manual home when they discharge those new parents from the hospital LOL

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DALID414 8/26/2013 1:31AM

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