Jump to content

Tips to shorten the witching hours...

  • Please log in to reply
33 replies to this topic

#26 dearydo

Posted 08 January 2017 - 11:20 AM

Day sleeps -

First one was a looooong rock/feed/rock/feed/carrier and others were either feed to sleep or carrier to sleep. Bassinet was useless, it was used as a wash basket :)

My aim at that age was simply to have them sleep, no care about if it were the 'right' way. Just whatever worked for them so they weren't so over tired later.

Edited by dearydo, 08 January 2017 - 11:21 AM.

#27 Coeur de Lion

Posted 08 January 2017 - 11:22 AM

Yeah - agree with Dearydo. Bassinets are the enemy of long day sleeps. We have put both of ours in a baby hammock for day sleeps - it makes resettling a breeze. No real problems transferring to the cot when they could roll etc.

#28 Lunafreya

Posted 08 January 2017 - 11:37 AM

View PostMose, on 08 January 2017 - 11:09 AM, said:

I am not aware of DH having a mood disorder. He just likes things to be good, and to be able to fix them if they are not.

Having had 3 nights of it, he is now down with the fact that it's just how it is, nothing is "wrong" and we just have to agree on coping strategies.  Not saying we both aren't still finding it a little stressful, and we certainly wish it would stop, but we are ok.
Sometimes theres no "fixing" a baby, there's just enduring. When DS would cry and cry as a newborn me and DH would pass pass him between us, taking turns in comforting. Having a different person holding baby helps.

Another was just walking around the house and talking to DS in a calm voice as if nothing is wrong. We would go find the cats and DH, then say hello and good bye to them. This still sort of works even though DS is now a toddler.

We used to have a list we got from googling "why is my baby crying", went rough ti one by one until it was down to tiredness.

I still think getting a baby to sleep is the worst thing about havung a baby. Nothing you can do if a baby won't sleep. Good thing it ends.

Good luck!

#29 cordyline

Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:53 PM

Another thing we did as PP have said is take shifts between DH and I.

DH would often do the 9-midnight shift (he held/rocked baby with headphones on while playing videogames/watching TV shows. I have some funny photos of him playing with baby in the bjorn or on his lap while gaming. She never heard the sound as he had headphones and he didnt have to have the full onslaught of the screaming.

Baby seemed to sleep well from midnight to 2am and I would take the 2am-6am slot. Tended to sit with her on the rocking chair, or co-sleep.

This really helped mentally - I used to sit there in the dead of the night and found comfort in thinking about all the other parents in the world who were also up, cuddling and rocking their newborns to sleep. I could see my neighbour across the street who had a baby too and when they had their light on, I would guess that they were also up with their little one. I wasn't alone.

#30 c.sanders

Posted 08 January 2017 - 04:14 PM

I'm only telling you my own experience with my 3 babies. One thing I did wrong with ds1 is that when he would fall asleep I would break the latch and move away. He would wake quickly...after 5 to 20mins. I realised that because he was so young what I needed to be doing is letting him feed even in his sleep until HE broke the latch. Because they spend so much time sleeping, they actually needed to spend a long time feeding even in their sleep or they would wake after short naps because they were hungry. This would result in getting over tired which lead to the night fussinesss and a bad cycle overall. Our feeding session would easily last 1 hour or so...even while he slept. But I could feel when my milk was being sucked as opposed to him using me as a dummy because he was latched on. I also offered the second breast (not always) after he latched off the first one to make sure he was full. I know it's all easier said than done.

Eta. Are you waiting for bub to empty one breast before offering the other. The hind milk is more filling than the front milk.

Edited by c.sanders, 08 January 2017 - 04:15 PM.

#31 c.sanders

Posted 08 January 2017 - 04:16 PM

 Safety Queen, on 07 January 2017 - 11:15 PM, said:

thank you for the link I have a gassy 3 week old and I was trying to figure out how to get the extra gas out  


Let me know how you go :)

#32 Safety Queen

Posted 08 January 2017 - 04:33 PM

 c.sanders, on 08 January 2017 - 04:16 PM, said:

Let me know how you go Posted Image

We had 3 lots of 3 hours sleep so it worked :) My first born could feed go straight to bed no problem so all new territory for us

#33 AlmondButter

Posted 08 January 2017 - 05:45 PM

It's tiring & time consuming but for the first 6 weeks or so mine had most naps either sleeping on me while I sat or in the ergo baby against my chest...We are gradually moving towards sleeping in the bassinet with white noise, wrap & dummy now at 3 months with DS2.

#34 JustBeige

Posted 09 January 2017 - 10:36 AM

 Coeur de Lion, on 08 January 2017 - 11:22 AM, said:

Yeah - agree with Dearydo. Bassinets are the enemy of long day sleeps. We have put both of ours in a baby hammock for day sleeps - it makes resettling a breeze. No real problems transferring to the cot when they could roll etc.
  I did this a lot too.  Also used the pram quite a bit.  I used to walk it around the house.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


Mum shares hilarious story about attempting shower sex

As most parents know, finding time for sex post-kids is one of life's not-so-little challenges.

16 things you'll learn on the preschool party circuit

Kids birthday parties sound fun in the abstract but the reality is they often end up an introverts worst nightmare – forced social interaction in the name of good parenting.

The 92-year-old who's a great-great-great-grandmother

A 92-year-old Canadian woman has become a great-great-great grandmother this week after the family welcomed a baby boy.

The Pramrolla mimics a walk in the park to help your baby get to sleep

Simply put the pram brake on, set the wheels on top of the Pramrolla, plug it in and off they go ... or so they think.

Beyonce shares surreal pregnancy photo shoot

Pop superstar Beyonce on Thursday released a slew of photos of herself posing pregnant and nude.

Airport staff order mum to squeeze her breasts to prove she's lactating

A Singaporean mum of two has spoken about her humiliation at the hands of German airport security guards who ordered her to prove she could breastfeed.

How to keep your baby or toddler safe at home

Child-proofing tips that will ensure your home remains a safe haven for curious toddlers and babies on the move.

Told to get rid of their dogs, this expectant couple took the sweetest photos instead

When the couple conceived their first human child they came under enormous pressure to give up their dogs.

Bereaved parents take baby home for 'family time' after death, thanks to cuddle cot

A bereaved mother has spoken about her decision to take her daughter's body home to spend time as a family before her funeral.

'Get off your phone!': the daycare note that's got people talking

A note posted by a US daycare facility has urged parents to get off their phone when collecting their children:

Babysitter's creative 'hands-free' baby carrier hack

We've all been there – you need to hold the baby, but you also need to eat.

Will these be the most on-trend baby names of 2017?

Nameberry has crunched the numbers, predicting which monikers will see a rise in 2017.

Firefighter adopts the baby he helped deliver

Five years ago firefighter Marc Hadden took an emergency call that changed his life.

Mum shares graphic image to highlight importance of rear-facing car seats for kids

A British safety blogger has shared a graphic photo of the damage a seatbelt can do in a car accident in a bid to persuade more parents to use rear-facing car seats for as long as possible with their kids.

Pharrell Williams and his wife welcome triplets

Now that's a good way to start the new year.

Turn yourself into a child's climbing gym with this wearable vest

It's such a neat idea for those living in high density apartment blocks where children may struggle to get enough physical activity.

Bugaboo unveils its new Bugaboo Bee5

The lightweight and compact Bugaboo Bee has been on the scene for a decade now.

The first few weeks of pregnancy: surreal, scary, exciting

It is okay to be worried, nervous, anxious, in love and happy all at the same time.


Top 5 Articles


From our network

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)


Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.