Little Mr has always been a good (night time) sleeper, he’s very much like his Mummy and Daddy who love their sleep. Before I jinx myself, I know he’s only 16 weeks old so there’s still a LOT of time for him to change his ways but we rarely have to worry about having a bad night with him. Day time naps are a whole other story but I’ll save that for another time.
When Little Mr was a newborn, he would sleep in the Moses basket in our bedroom. We would let him fall asleep downstairs with us and then when we were ready to go to bed, we would take him upstairs, change his nappy, pop Ewan the Dream Sheep on and he would sleep next to me in the Moses basket.
A few weeks later, Little Mr was already outgrowing the Moses basket. These babies you know, don’t stay small for long! His arms would be up the side of the basket and we noticed he had started to wriggle in his sleep and would end up with his nose touching the side. Luckily for us, my Sister had lent us her crib that my nephew slept in so we swapped the Moses basket for the crib and Little Mr slept in there. We did have a couple of nights when he was unsettled and didn’t sleep well but we put that down to the fact that the crib had bars that he could see through and it was a bit too open for him after being so enclosed in the Moses basket.
We bought a cot wrap for the crib to make it feel a little bit more enclosed and to stop his disco dancing hands escaping through the bars.
We noticed that Little Mr started to form his own sleeping pattern and would start to become grouchy and tearful around 6.30/7pm of an evening, clearly tired and needing a good sleep. We took this opportunity to start a routine with him and would go up to bath him (only every other night), give him his bottle and read him a bedtime story. Once he had his bottle we popped him in his sleeping bag and he would go off to sleep. Luckily for me he would wake about 1 or 2am for a feed and then would go straight back to sleep waking up about 6 or 7am. One wake up call through the dead of night I can handle!
Zoom forward to week 15 of Little Mr’s life and he is now in his cot bed in his own room. Sob.
Unfortunately both hubby and I snore at night (although someone snores louder than the other…) and we found that we were disturbing Little Mr at night. He had started to sleep for longer periods through the night and by Week 13 he was sleeping through the night from 8pm until 7am. I was a little worried about putting him in his own room but we only live in a two bed terrace so it’s not as if he’s in his own wing at night, he is about 5 metres away from us at the most. I do miss him snoring away (yes, he snores too!) in his crib next to my bed but my little boy is growing up and needs his space to wriggle about in.
We invested (thanks to Kiddicare for their Bank Holiday price match offer) in the ibaby video monitor which works with an app on our iphones/ipads and it is amazing. It works via the wifi in the house and allows me to logon and check on Little Mr. The quality of the stream is amazing, I can see his chest moving up and down in real time and when the audio is activated I can hear him breathing. I know some people might think it’s a little crazy buying a video monitor but it has given me complete peace of mind. I run the app on my ipad at night time and leave it running on the floor of our bedroom. It means that if I wake up through the night I can check on him without getting out of bed and if he wakes up through the night and gets upset, the app would alert me just like any other monitor would.
Of course I’m expecting all things to change once the teething really kicks in or he’s getting hungry during a growth spurt but so far so good. Our little bedtime routine works well for Little Mr and well for us.
What’s your bedtime routine with your little one? I’d love to hear from you.
Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored post in any shape or form, I just wanted to tell you all about how Little Mr sleeps!