Monday, July 21, 2008

Dad tip #93: Beware the baby with 'midnight munchies'

Tonight's advice will be in the form of a haiku:
I sleep through the night
Last night I had the munchies.
WAAAAAH! Give me some food!
We've been VERY lucky as our baby boy has been sleeping through the night for months now consistently. He's had less than a handful of instances where he's woken up in the middle of the night and even fewer incidents where we've had to get up and put him back to sleep.

Unfortunately, we experienced something of an aberration last night. Our boy woke up around midnight and we had a hard time figuring out why he wouldn't go back to sleep. We comforted him, checked his temperature, read to him, sang to him, changed his diaper, and pretty much went through his entire bedtime routine. Before we knew it, an hour had passed and we had yet to successfully put him back to sleep.

Then we (and by 'we', I mean 'my wife') nursed him and fed him some formula; which we were a little hesitant to do since we've been really good about breaking the association of feeding with waking up. But sure enough, after satisfying his midnight munchies and re-re-doing his bedtime routine, our son drifted off to sleep for the rest of the night.

So, the advice here is expect your sleep to be interrupted at some point. And also, cover all your bases if you can't figure out why your kid won't go back to sleep. And try not to have an early morning business call to India (like I did) because you'll be tired.

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