When just about anyone found our we were expecting they said seriously, jokingly or both that we should sleep then as neither we nor the baby would sleep for years. While that’s not exactly what our experience haa been, there have definitely been times when we’d like him to sleep more and he will not. Here he is with his famous one eye open look that had lead us to give him the nickname One Eyed Jack.
Perhaps it’s just that we are new parents, it seems others including the nurses in the hospital and now Candy can get him to sleep with more ease than us. She was able to rock him from awake to asleep in less than 10 minutes.
Matt and I being technophiles have tried high tech methods to help. I downloaded a white noise program that included womb sounds, shushing (in a male and female voice) and Matt downloaded another that includes nature sounds including nighttime at the beach. These have been hit and miss for William.
So far he spends most of his limited sleeping time in the basinet both in our room and in the living room so he is close by us.
While he will usually scream and cry when strapped in his car seat, he often goes to sleep soon after and stays asleep for a long time after a car ride.
A favorite technique of the nurses was swaddling. They were able to do so with long blankets. We’ve tried all kinds of blankets and diffenet swaddle products with some success.
Yet Matt was able to get this great swaddle with a simple blanket that William loved and fell asleep in rather easily. Other times a swaddle even a tight one does not seem to get him wanting to sleep anytime soon. We clearly have more to learn.