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When my husband Charn and I brought my daughter Celeste home from the hospital it was the happiest moment of our lives! We were so overjoyed to have our first baby.
However, we noticed almost immediately that Celeste really wasn’t sleeping solidly at all. She could sleep for around 30 minutes, and then would wake up again crying for ages.
We weren’t sure how to soothe her correctly, and what we needed to do before bed to get her to settle. We didn’t really know what was going on or if something was wrong, and it was so worrying!
I first moved here in 2004 from Sri Lanka and have been living here consecutively for 12 years, but neither my husband or I have any family in Australia, and we don’t have a huge support system around us of people that we trust to ask for help.
We tried looking online, but there was so much conflicting information. We just felt lost, and desperate for answers.
I met a trusted friend I met in pre-natal Pilates classes (we actually formed a mother’s group with some of the other mums). She recommended the new Love To Dream Sleep Series as a resource with advice from qualified professionals, and it seemed like exactly what I needed to work out if I was doing the right thing.
Mum, Thilini says her daughter would sleep for around 30 minutes, and then would wake up again crying for ages.
The Sleep Series has been such a lifesaver for us. It gave us some insight into how babies sleep, tips for settling a baby including swaddling and self-soothing, and practical information on laying foundations for healthy sleep patterns as she continues to grow. Most importantly, it gave us that confidence and reassurance that we were doing the right thing.
We implemented a really solid routine for bedtime, and some other strategies like blackout curtains which have been so helpful for her to feel settled. We are also working on her being able to self-soothe, and now she’s started sleeping over six hours at night! Not every night, but most nights!
We’re now actually able spend some time with each other as a couple without feeling exasperated and exhausted. Most importantly, Celeste is feeling so much more settled and well rested. For now at least, we’ve got our sanity back!
No longer a cat-napper, Celeste is feeling so much more settled and well rested.
Celeste’s bedtime routine
Celeste has now started “sleeping over six hours at night! Not every night, but most nights!”
How babies sleep
Tips for self-soothing
Tips for swaddling
Practical information on laying foundations for healthy sleep pattern