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How Much Sleep?

The last few days have been horrendous with the kids sleeping pattern. I’m not sure how I managed to function with 3 hours of collected sleep on Monday. Adults should have a minimum of 7 hours sleep in order to feel rested, so I didn’t even get half of that.

As the nights got colder, I noticed that Myles wasn’t sleeping so good. He was up at 2:30am, 4am, 5am, 6am and 7:30am. So I basically had no sleep. During the day, Ella was active and had no naps, which then again meant, I had no naps to catch up either. 😩 Luckily Ella sleeps through “most” nights so I’m only dealing with one child waking during the night. I say “most” because she still has rare nights that she wakes from a nightmare or wants a sip of milk because she’s thirsty.

As mums we’re always so worried about little ones being too cold or too hot. Too many blankets or not enough? We can’t figure it out what’s enough because we’re so scared of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

So what did I do? I had a room thermometer in Myles’ cot which read 22 degrees at night. 2 degrees over the guideline 18-20 degrees, but even I was cold at 22 degrees!!! So what now? Well, I had to do what I felt best. Myles wore a hat, a baby sleeping bag and another thin blanket on top from his waist down. The result? He slept in stretches of 2 hours!!! Way better than his hourly wakes! WINNING!

Last night the hubby turned both radiators on and Myles slept in his baby sleeping bag and the thin blanket on top from his waist down again. But no hat this time as we had the radiators on. I couldn’t have expected what happened next. I put him down after his milk feed at 1am and he wasn’t up again until….. 6:50am!!! 🙌🏽 After having milk, he was back in his cot by 7:30am and didn’t wake again for another 2 hours. I couldn’t believe it.

I woke up this morning feeling refreshed. I needed to catch up on sleep so badly and my handsome little fella knew it. I whispered to him to let mummy get some more sleep and it’s like he listened. What a good boy.

I’m not saying to go against guidelines and I’m not saying what you think is best is the safest. But, sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. I made sure Myles’ hat was fitted and wouldn’t fall off if he moved while sleeping. I used a baby sleeping bag appropriate for his weight and season and I ensured I covered him from his waist down with the extra blanket tucked in tightly so he couldn’t wriggle underneath it.

If you’re not looking after yourself and are exhausted, then you’re not looking after your children to the best of your ability either. Now that I’ve caught up on sleep, I feel more energetic to play and spend real quality time with my children. Sometimes we have to break the rules.

Mama T

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