We had quite possibly the worst sleeping baby in the world. We’ve had bouts of good spells, don’t get me wrong, but as soon as Bells turned 1 we had a good four months of 4.30/5am wake ups and I struggle to believe that’s any type of regression.
I knew that something had to change. With another baby on the way, it was important that we addressed the issue rather than just living with it, as we probably would have done if we didn’t know we were going to have another sleep thief to contend with.
I took a look at our bedtime routine and quickly (I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before) discovered what I thought we’d been doing wrong. After her bath, we’d get her ready for bed before giving her a bottle of milk whilst enjoying cuddles with her on our bed. Within a couple of minutes, she’d fall asleep and of course, we’d enjoy the cuddles for a little longer before carrying her to her own bed.
No wonder the little monkey was confused when she woke in a completely different environment. Not to mention, she’d never learned to actually send herself to sleep.
We decided that it was time for a complete overhaul. Throw into the mix that I also didn’t want to buy a second cot 🤑 when Bells was already 18 months and we decided to change her bed and routine… it was time to make her love her room.
Just at that time, we were approached by Little Green Sheep to offer to send us their Twist Natural Cot Bed Mattress. To say the timing was perfect was an under-statement.
We decided to take the side off of Bells cot and to replace it with a bed protector to see how she got on before transitioning her to a toddler bed. It turns out she loves it and so we went ahead and ordered her “house bed” from Etsy, complete with her comfy new mattress.
Her room got emptied of it’s changing drawers, making room for a table and chairs which she loves to sit up to, as well as some of her toys – transforming the space into fun area rather than just somewhere she’s sent to sleep.
Within just a week of trying the new routine, she’d happily stop drinking her milk at the end of the two stories and roll over to send herself to sleep after a cheeky kiss goodnight. The 5am starts stopped almost immediately and now whilst she may wake and grumble for a little bit, left to her own devices, she’ll send herself back to sleep for a good 1/1.5hrs.
She loves being a grown up girl in her big bed and she looks so cosy when she’s all snuggled down. Having experienced the mattress first hand, I can confirm that it’s really comfortable! It’s also good to have the peace of mind in knowing that their mattresses create a pure and healthy sleep environment, away from toxins and chemicals.
Looking back, I didn’t give much thought to Bells mattress when we’d bought her cot… and yet we spent a small fortune on our bed as it’s a space you spend (hopefully!) so much time in. It seems only right, she gets the same treatment and complete with her Little Green Sheep mattress protector (which feels just like a sheet, no plastic rubbish here) and sheets, she’s now got a bed even most adults would be envious of.
I don’t want to jinx things by saying that we’ve cracked it, but it’s certainly heading in the right direction…. just in time for number two 😩🙄
Thanks so much to Little Green Sheep!
Have you struggled with sleep? How did you resolve it? Are you still struggling? I’d love to hear from you!