When it comes to babies, I try to remember the old adage, “If you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” In my experience, most of the time the simplest explanation is usually the right one. Baby crying? Probably hungry. Baby squirming around? Probably gas. Baby thrashing her head around in the car seat? Probably because the sun is in her eyes. Easy, right? Calm and logical, right? Sure. Until sleep is involved.
My baby usually sleeps from 8 until 3 or 4 AM, when she wakes for a feeding. So when she woke up around 11 PM the other night and wouldn’t settle back to sleep easily, I plunged into the morass of overthinking. I sat in my room, trying to nurse her back to sleep thinking slightly panicked thoughts.
“Oh no,” I inner monologued “I bet this is the start of a four month sleep regression. Man, that would suck. I should have gone to bed earlier. I wonder how many times she’ll be up tonight. Oh, no. What if she’s sick? I really hope she’s not sick. I should keep C’s classmates away from her at pick-up because they’re all getting colds. Speaking of colds, it’s chilly in here.”
And then the lightbulb went on over my head. It was cold in her room. And she was sleeping in just cotton footie jammies. I hunted down a fleece sleep sack and zipped her into it. She snuggled back into bed and slept the rest of the night.
And yet again, I was reminded that with babies, sometimes the simplest answer is the right one. Here are a few other simple fixes to broken sleep:
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