Ever since DS was a newborn he would sleep through the night peacefully. That is until a couple of weeks ago when he begun to scream hysterically at 3 o’clock in the morning for no real reason. The only way to soothe him would be to strap him into the worn out bouncy chair and rock him steadily back to sleep. I hear you ask, ‘why does this bouncer still exist after you marked the end in a previous post?’ I know, I know, I am such a terrible mother. Someone call the NSPCC before this baby insists on sleeping in a hammock.
I realise that it has become a little ridiculous. You will be happy to hear that for the last couple of days we have approached this with a new strategy; a bedtime routine that takes much longer, but its effects are amazing. Previously we had given him a bath in the day when he would be active, to play in the water and splash about. Now however we have decided to move bath-time to after his dinner, where toys are no longer allowed and he is able to calm down. After he is dried and dressed, we have hugs accompanied with a song or a story. We then settle him down in his cot with his comforter and he is asleep within five minutes. Boom.
Now he is able to self-soothe himself back to sleep he no longer relies on motion or us to comfort him in the night. I read somewhere it is to do with separation anxiety and all babies around eight to nine months suffer from this. Hopefully we are on our way to tackling it for good. Wish us luck!