You gotta love the saying, “sleep like a baby”… I think a more relatable saying is “sleep like your husband…. or partner”. I always say, “I hope you sleep like a baby, unless you’re an Ireland baby.” 😆
Jude will turn a year old next week. Overall, he’s a good sleeper, but I’d be lying to you if I said he slept through the night in his crib. I’m almost contemplating getting rid of the dang thing.
All 4 of my children love to sleep in the bed with someone. Eden is probably the most independent sleeper with Luke coming in a solid second… Adam and Jude are far from sleeping alone.
It used to bother me a lot. Especially when I’d ask other moms with kids similar in age how their babies were sleeping.
“Great! A full 10 hours.”
And then one day, not too long ago, I just kind of stopped caring. I stopped stressing about Jude sleeping in his crib. I came to terms that he’s my last baby and if he prefers cuddling close to his mom and dad over sleeping in a crib, so be it.
I’m writing this post for the moms who’s babies aren’t great sleepers. I feel you. I am you.
Stop feeling guilty. Stop feeling guilty about holding them, rocking them, giving them milk in the middle of the night– STOP RIGHT THERE. You’re doing the very best you can and loving them will not ruin them.
As a mom with 4 pretty crappy sleepers, I promise they will grow out of it. I promise it will get better. I promise the light at the end of the tunnel is close. They will choose their own beds or to sleep with siblings over you soon enough.
This post isn’t meant to shame anyone at all. If your child is a phenomenal sleeper, I envy you! I wish I was you, but I’m not. Never have been, never will be.
I’m writing to the mom who hasn’t had a solid night’s sleep in years. I’m going on 8 years, myself.
Dear mama, hold that sweet baby. Don’t feel guilty about picking them up. Don’t feel guilty if they don’t sleep through the night. These days go so fast, and these sleepless nights will too.
You won’t be sleep deprived forever, I promise, and I’m here for you.