What about when baby means serious sleep deprivation? {+Slumber Bub giveaway 14/9}

August 30, 2012 · 18 comments

Whoever coined the phrase ‘sleeps like a baby’ obviously never met my second born baby girl.   I should have known when on her second night of being earth bound she screamed heartily for most of the night – much to the horror of those in the rooms around us.  But putting it down to natural adjustment I just cuddled her and we headed home.  For a few weeks she dazzled me with her outstanding sleeping ability. She napped like gold medalist in an Olympic event and only woke twice a night for feeds.  I can seriously remember thinking ‘this second baby business is so easy – what do people complain about?’

BUT THEN without warning it all went seriously pear-shaped.  My champion sleeper left the building and in her place I was left with  a fussy baby girl who refused to sleep without her mama’s arms wrapped tightly around her.  Let’s just say that for the second half of 2006 and most of 2007 I lived in a sleep deprived stupor.   For more nights than I care to remember I saw every single hour on the clock face – and the more tired I became the harder it was to think straight enough to know how to solve the problem.   The tiny number of brain cells I still had functioning were consumed by the fact that I also had a 2-year-old to care for.   Even without sleep life still had to go on.

So there you have it, a stalemate, with no real chance of me being able to bring about change.    At 18 months of age my middle pink was still confusing mummy with her security blanket and I continued to get up to her four or five times most nights.   Then one evening something snapped.   I was tired beyond belief and starting to feel depression creeping in.   I had to change the balance of power in the house, because she had it all.  And the only way I knew to do that was to simply not go to her.    So I left her to cry.  It was heartbreaking and felt brutal.    I sat on my bed and sobbed along with her for almost two hours before she finally slept.    But it worked and from that point onwards I slowly started to claw back some sleep time for myself. ( Please note I don’t recommend this approach.)

Now I tell you my sad tale for a reason. Firstly to let you know that if you’re going through the tortures of baby related sleep deprivation now you are not alone.  Let me tell you that as difficult and frustrating as it is it will pass.   I promise.  But also to share with you about Slumber Bub.  Slumber Bub is an online sleep school.   It draws together all of the information and expertise you need to bring peace and sleep back into your home and life. I’ve been given the opportunity to have a good sticky beak around the site I think it would be perfect for anyone currently living in the stupor I described above.

Slumber Bub allows mums to download safe baby settling techniques that are based on the baby’s age, including video programs and daily planners prepared by baby sleep experts. It’s clear and looks easy to follow.  Given my time again I would definitely be signing up – espically as it’s only $29.00.   You can check out their website  and  facebook page if you’d like to find out more.  As a part of researching and writing this post Slumber Bub have given me a free membership valued at $29.00 to giveaway.  To enter follow these steps.

  1. Leave a comment below simply telling me why you need this slumber bubs membership.
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  4. Please leave an email address (where requested) that you check regularly – as giveaways are redrawn if you don’t respond within 4 days.
This is a sponsored post from ‘Slumber Bub
  • Giveaway is open until Midnight on the 14th September, 2012  and has a total value of approx $29.
  • (Check the T&C tab for full T&C).
  • Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. This is a sponsored post however payment does not influence my written opinion of products. 

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2 Katie September 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

My daughter is 8 weeks old and will only nod off if co-sleeping. My bed at the moment is a single mattress on the floor of the nursery so we don’t wake Dad. This membership would help immensly & I would love to be back in my king size bed!


3 Ally September 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I have 5 month old twins who still breastfeed 4 hourly overnight and wake every hour or so for me to replace their dummy, rewrap, etc. My 2 year old daughter still wakes 2-3 times every night, and my 4 year old son wakes on average every second night. Most nights we have 4 in the bed (our 2 oldest plus hubby and I) and the twins in their bassinets at the base of our bed. Sleep deprivation has become the norm for me. Can’t imagine what a full night’s sleep would feel like!


4 Renee Ballantyne September 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

I have two children now and i had forgotten how hard it was the first time…
I need this because I am sleep deprived like most mums, plus my husband is tired of finding cereal in the fridge, off milk in the cupboard and my undies in his draws.


5 Falon Downing September 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

My little sister is having her first baby and I’d love to be able to give her all the help she can get!


6 Emma P September 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Is this normal? I just don’t know, every night’s different, it this how it goes? Working full time, 3 hours sleep, and this is happening week after week! Sometimes he sleeps through, in a blue moon, he is only 18 months, but will it end soon? Sleeping at my desk, not finishing work, guy asked if I was sick…. jerk! Then people ask, ‘Are you having another’? I smile politely, stifle my tears and shudder…


7 Lynaire September 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

My second son was a nightmare – if I’d been able to sleep to actually HAVE nightmares. I’m onto #3 now, and he is very much a mummy’s boy, and only wants to be held or fed to sleep. I tend to go with it because my life can’t stand still right now. I know I’m making a rod for my back, but what do you do?


8 Fenella September 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Sitting here listening to my baby boy (8mths) who is the most beautiful thing in the world cry after trying to settle him for an hour is my main reason for wishing/hoping/praying for something to help me!!! He is a shocking sleeper – I feel like I have tried every trick in the book – and he still wakes every 2 hours and can take up to another 2 hours to settle back to sleep at night… Functioning on no sleep makes for one unhappy mummy 🙁


9 Caz September 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Hi Fenella, just letting you know you’ve won the Slumber Bubs membership on my blog 🙂 Can you email asap and I”ll forward to deets to the company so they can contact you 🙂 Congratulations – I truly hope it helps. Caz
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10 Nicole September 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

Baby number 4 is 1 year old and is still not sleeping. She refuses to stay in the cot and has to be right up next to me in my bed stirring all night long. I am now 11 weeks pregnant with number 5 and getting very stressed and nervous how I get number 4 out of my bed and settled before a new baby arrives. I could definately use some help 🙁 I havent know sleep in over a year already


11 Melanie Farrugia September 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I have 5 children and the last little one a 2 year old is a night time nightmare dealing with the other four a once is easier than her. It has no been two years without a proper night sleep hubby and I would love any help we could get


12 Dee August 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I’m pleased as punch to say I don’t need it, but my sister in law does!!


13 Renae August 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm

OMG I would LOVE this!! My son and now daughter are both terrible sleepers! I need all the help i can get 🙂


14 Elita August 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm

my second bub is like your too…..was a great sleeper and all of a sudden we hit 3 months old and we catnap during the day and we take forever to settle at night….it is like a have the devil child.
Really need to get him in to a routine would love to win a membership to slumber bubs.


15 Rosie August 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I relate to the feeling of not being able to think ‘how can I solve this?’ because you are exhausted. I am (fingers crossed) through this stage with my three. But one of my best friends who tried for 7 years to get her darling bubs is having a rough time. I would give her the membership as it seems like a good idea to be able just get online and hopefully find inspiration.


16 Erica August 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Neither of my kids are great sleepers; my first born ended up cosleeping until she was two (she’s now four) and wakes in the middle of the night once a week. Her younger brother, who is 14 months, has never coslept but still wakes once or twice a night at 14 months and has never slept through the night. 14 months of never once getting an uninterrupted night of sleep and I feel like I am always running on half-empty. It’s rough!


17 shelly August 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Oh how helpful would this have been back when. Don’t enter me in the giveaway – but I have a girlfriend who might find it useful. I’ll let her know.


18 bec August 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

Must be a 2nd baby thing! Riley was still waking 5/6 times a night at 18 mths and screamed constantly….its a wonder we go back for more kids after having one like that…such a tiring and isolating time. Now he is my best sleeper! I have had both perfect sleepers and perfect little so and so’s haha so I now have it ingrained in me that it is a part of motherhood and it will pass! Doesnt feel like it at the time but it does!!! And you do what you need to do to get through it…you cant judge anyone when it comes to this…all babies and all mums/dads need different amounts of sleep


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