Sleep: My Baby Decided I Didn’t Need it

Addie and Vivi have been very different sleepers as babies. It’s amazing that two children who have the same parents can be so different, actually. Unlike Addie, Vivi has been easy to put to bed. Addie was a completely different story however. Sometimes it would take hours to get Addie to fall asleep. The rocking, oh boy, the amount of rocking we had to do to get Addie to fall asleep.

But once she drifted off, she was usually good for the night. She learned to sleep through pretty quickly. Which meant that there weren’t a lot of overnight changings and feedings.

Vivi is almost the complete opposite. She falls asleep rather quickly and requires relatively little rocking. We can lie her down before she falls asleep and within a few minutes, she’s out. She coos a few times, but ultimately, putting Vivi to bed is pain-free.

Overnight sleeping is a different story, however. That baby would up every three or four hours for food throughout the first two months. Eventually, I began to notice that Vivi would wake up a few minutes before my nightly bathroom break at 3:00 a.m. No matter how quiet I tried to be, that baby would awake minutes before it was time for me to use the bathroom.  She had somehow adjusted her feeding schedule to my bathroom schedule. Tricky kid, eh?

Because Vivi and I seemed to be on the same schedule, I decided that I would feed her every night after my nightly bathroom break. That’s when I decided to take over all nighttime feedings — I was going to be awake anyway, why not just feed the baby so my wife could get some rest?

I learned pretty quickly how to change her diaper and snap up her pajamas lightening quick, so that I could get her fed and back to bed before she woke up enough to want to party for a few hours. As she grew and her pajamas became more and more complex, she became more and more difficult to change.

I swear the person who decided to put 14 snaps on some of these pajama pants goes to bed each night and laughs himself/herself to sleep.  I don’t like having to build Vivi’s pajamas in the dark each time I have to change her diaper in the night. Why do pajamas need 14 snaps anyway?

It wasn’t just inconvenient to figure out how to match them up in the dark, it took too much time to get the pants back together before Vivi would be wide awake and ready to play for a few hours in the middle of the night. This meant that I got to spend hours awake each night, in the middle of the night, as I tried to get Vivi to go back to sleep after her feeding.

We couldn’t just not change her either, because we had learned the hard way that if we put Vivi in a regular daytime diaper and I didn’t change her in the middle of the night, her diaper would leak through to her pajamas. Regular daytime diapers just couldn’t handle 12 hours of my baby’s bathroom breaks.

Then, one day, my wife came home with Huggies Overnites diapers. These diapers are designed with Huggies most absorbent material to help keep babies comfortable and dry throughout the night. Huggies Overnites provide leak protection for up to 12 hours. These diapers seemed to be perfect for our situation.

We started using the Huggies Overnites, which means I can pick up Vivi in the middle of the night, spend ten minutes feeding her and lay her back down before she really wakes up. No changing is necessary anymore. And although I have been saved from hours of nighttime play thanks to these Huggies Overnites, I still get to spend feeding time with Vivi, even though she’s more than one year old — I think it’s comforting for both of us.

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