How We Helped Our Fussy Baby Sleep At Night
Being first time parents means that you have no previous experience on how to take care of a baby, and unfortunately these cute little ones do not come with a “how to” manual. Two weeks after we came home from the hospital with Isabella, our little sleepy baby turned into a little fussy and frantic baby.
We, as first time parents, were clueless of why our baby would cry for hours at night time and did not go to sleep until 1am or 2am. In the beginning, I was convinced she was colic. I read a whole article about it online. However, I realized later on, that Isabella didn’t just cry for hours non-stop. Her thing was that she would cry, fuss and stop crying for a little bit and then go back to crying, more fussing and stop. So, she was doing this whole cycle of crying, fussing and stopping for about 3 to 4 hours. I started to notice this always started in the evening hours.
During the day, I had this perfect little bundle of joy, that would just sleep like a dream. Once 6 o clock came around, she would turn into a whole different baby. This went on for about a week. I was exhausted! especially because my husband works evenings and I had to stay home alone with the baby. After a week of the same thing I decided I needed to do something about it and get to the bottom of her fussiness and find a way to help her (help me) feel better at night.
So the first thing I did was give her a routine. Around 6 o clock in the evening I would give her a bottle, rock her to sleep in the recliner and let her sleep for at least one to two hours. No more than that.
By 8 o clock, I would wake her up gently, hold her and play with her for a little bit until 9pm. As soon as 9pm came around, I would prepare her bath. lay her little pajamas on the changing table, along with her diaper, her baby lotion and her pacifier. After getting everything set up for her bath, I would then make her bottle so that she could have it once she was done with her bath.
We would do bath time from 9pm-9:20pm, I would sing to her and use a calming baby soap wash. I kept the lights a little dim so she would know this was time to be relax and enjoy her bath. After her bath, I would massage her with baby lotion and talk to her very softly. She always looked calm and relax. Then I would turn the lights off in the living room, just leaving the tv on so it wasn’t so dark (kept the tv on silent the whole time). After her bottle, I would sing to her a lullaby and rock her in the recliner until she fell asleep and then put her in her crib.
After a few days of this, she got a nice little routine and her mood improved so much! It was like night and day the difference it made. She was not fussing or crying in the evenings anymore. She was as adorable and sweet at night, as she was during the day!
I think it is definitely important to create a routine, it doesn’t matter how young your baby is. By a routine, I am not talking about a schedule, but just a ritual that you do everyday with your baby. If it is reading to your baby before bed time or singing to your baby before his/her nap. This will help baby know what comes next and he/she will expect it. It will make all the difference in the would, not just for your baby, but for you as well! I hope you found this helpful, Let me know if it works for you.