I guess it was about 9 years ago now… My first-born son was 3 months old, and I hadn’t had a full night’s sleep since he’d been born.
(Come to think of it, I don’t think I slept through the night during the last 6 weeks of my pregnancy either, but that’s another story…)
Anyways, I was completely exhausted because my son was waking up every two hours during the night. Plus, he wasn’t napping well during the day, either.
One day, desperate for a nap, I discovered what I was sure was the answer to my prayers. I called it “The Three-S System.”
NOTE: Please, PLEASE don’t do this. It just made things worse. Trust me.
It was called “The Three-S System” because it had three parts: soother, swaddle, and swing.
First, I would tightly swaddle my son in his favourite receiving blanket.
Next, I would pop a soother into his mouth, and hold it there until I was sure he’d latched on.
Thirdly, I’d gently place him into the wind-up baby swing that my sister gave me at the baby shower.
Completely immobilized, soother stuffed into his mouth, and artificially being rocked back and forth by a machine…
He finally fell asleep!
What’s more, he stayed asleep for 30 whole minutes! (That’s how long the swing would last until it needed to be “wound up” again.)
I was very excited by this. I had found a way to get my son to sleep for 30 minutes ANY TIME I WANTED HIM TO!
Of course, this turned out to be a complete disaster, because he ultimately became so dependent on this ridiculous system that it was soon the ONLY way to get him to fall asleep.
I suppose that, in the long run, it turned out to be a blessing, because that’s what started me down the road to now having the greatest job in the world – helping parents like you solve these very same sleep problems!
Ok, now it’s your turn! In the Comments section below, share YOUR “true confessions.” You don’t even have to use your real name, but make sure you enter your real e-mail address. (That’s how I’ll be contacting the winners of this little contest.)
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