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Sleep Training…part 2

Thought I would write up an update on where we are.

The last few weeks have been awful. Since returning from our break away sleep is been nonexistent for all of us. Ellie refused to nap in the day and was waking up every 2 hours at night. I was seriously losing it. Hubby isnt great at waking in the night and I have been questioning my abilities of being a good mum. Sleep deprivation is a horrible thing that most people dont take seriously enough, it makes you question everything and I was even contemplating sleeping on the sofa downstairs and trying to ignore the cries coming from our bedroom. I must add, I would NEVER neglect Ellie and leave her to cry, i just wanted sleep so badly that the thought crossed my mind to leave hubby in charge for the night 🙈

At the beginning of the week we decided to finally put Ellie in her own room, she wasnt sleeping when she was in our room, she wasnt sleeping when she was in our bed so we really had nothing to lose.

We brought some blackout curtains from Argos and a curtain track, we put it all up with only a small amount of bickering 😂 and decided the next day we would get the cot set up and see how we got on.

Once Ellies cot was up and the wardrobe moved back into my room, the room felt calmer and much more inviting for her. We have started having some playtime up there in the day too which has made her more comfortable.

Since being in her own room Ellie has slept most of the night, her bedtime routine starts at 7pm with pyjamas, a bedtime story (or two) and then a bottle. She is then put down by 8 and left to self settle with the nightlight and a slight lullaby tune on her Tiny Love Magical Musical Mobile which I would review at 10/10 because of its ability to soothe a once agitated sleeper to sleep very easily.

We have also introduced multivitamins in to Ellies bedtime routine by putting them in to her last milk feed. I had read a review online explaining that a pharmacist had recommended them to another parent whose baby did not sleep through the night and since introducing these her sleep has improved.

Now she settles by 8, has woken around 3/4am but has settled back in her cot after a few minutes of cuddles on her rocking chair. I can cope with this sleep pattern and I am really hoping it continues and even improves in time but for now this Mama is actually getting some sleep 👍

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