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Finally Getting Some Sleep

taking a nap in his bouncer

Was it just a few weeks ago that I was begging for help with my sleep deprivation? Quite a bit has changed. Don’t get me wrong – I am still exhausted, but Tate has started sleeping at night and for longer chunks of time. We have had 4 nights in a row of him sleeping for 5-6 hours straight from about midnight on. He has also been kind enough to go back to sleep for a couple of hours after his first morning feeding.

I am feeling so much better and my husband is in heaven. Steve was awesome enough to get up with Tate when he was fussing in the middle of the night, and since that hasn’t happened lately, Steve has had the chance to sleep fairly uninterrupted.

Here are the three things I think made a difference:


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  • 1. Swaddle the Baby 1 of 3
    1. Swaddle the Baby
    As I mentioned in this post, swaddling Tate has had such a positive effect on his sleeping. [image : flicker | tstadler]
  • 2. Side Lying Position 2 of 3
    2. Side Lying Position
    Someone suggested I try this position out when I was concerned about Tate's sleep pattern. I was able to start doing it last week, and it has made such a difference, for Tate and me! [image : newborn-babies.net]
  • 3. Keep it Dark 3 of 3
    3. Keep it Dark
    After reading suggestions, I decided to nurse Tate during the night in low or no light. I also interact with the baby as little as possible to keep him from waking up fully. [image : flicker | jacquelinetinney]

What are the things that helped your baby to sleep better?

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