Lately, I noticed that Mori is really playful that she get to sleep a little late and that its really hard on our part to let her sleep. Sometimes, though she really want to sleep she just couldn’t get a good sleep and in this case, she cries a lot.
So with all the experimentations in making Mori sleep really challenged us a lot. Yes, with several tricks somehow we were able to achieve our goal.
1. Sleeping time management. Mori’s routine is to wake up around 6AM-7AM, feed her and let her out to catch the morning sunlight. After which we bath her at 9AM then feed her again then she’ll catch a morning sleep, sometimes about an hour or two. At lunch time she wakes up then sleep again for an hour or sometimes an afternoon nap for thirty minutes. She’ll wake up around 3-3:30PM and play until the sun is down. As much as possible we prevent her from sleeping during sunset and preserve it for night time. We tend to let her sleep after feeding by 7PM-8PM so she’ll get up at around 2AM or 3AM to eat then she’ll just wake at the same time in the morning at around 6AM-7AM.
If we can, we try our very best to maintain these time schedules to make sure that she is getting enough sleep especially night time. Also, we want her to practice that during night, it is intended for sleeping while daytime is more of feeding and playing.
2. Discover your little one’s comfort. There’s this one night when Mori couldn’t really catch her sleep and she cries a lot, we were very worried. We have already done all steps in dancing just to please her and hoping that she finds comfort with the sway but with no success. I noticed that her hands are very busy looking for something to hold on, since I still don’t allow Mori to hold any stuffed toys (as this will promote allergies or asthma), I figured that when her hands have something to hold on, she calms. And so, we were able to identify a good grip with her small pillow hotdog. Hence, she instantly fell asleep with her pillow hotdog and her pacifier in her mouth.
3. You can never go wrong with music. My voice was already tested and it made Mori have a good sleep (admitted, I don’t have a good singing voice). Yet, it would definitely be a very tiring way to let her sleep, you know, singing and dancing at the same time. So, with my music application in my phone, I tried to play modern music which I really liked and it also comfort Mori and able to sleep smoothly. At first, I am not open in playing modern music for Mori to hear especially in the process in catching her sleep. But, when I tried to play some modern songs other than classical songs (which made me relax too and make me wanna sleep!), Mori is comfortable with these melody and sleeps faster than before.
4. Dim lights. When Mori woke up in an unusual late night time, she did not get her chance to go back to sleep again in an instant (especially seeing her parents wide awake too!). Having her toys (mostly are teethers) to keep her busy and consume her huge energy (as she just woke up), feed her to fill her tummy and eventually would fall asleep. But she just don’t wanna close her eyes. So, we tried having dim lights just to test if it would be effective for her to rest her eyes and get a good sleep. With the right position of her in my arms, dancing and swaying with so many moves, her pacifier and pillow hotdog, atlas, we won! She fell asleep and we were able to rest as well.
Those are just some of our major moves for Mori get a good sleep and there are a lot more techniques to explore. What about yours? What are your ways to let your little bub get a good night sleep?