Or at least for 5 hour stretches at a time! :) I have a soon to be 8 week old little girl, so like most new parents I am operating on less sleep than I'd like! I've been having the hardest time this time around to find that perfect recipe for getting this little one to sleep for more than a couple hours at a time. After a very rough week of not getting more than two hours at a time and feeling like a very grouchy zombie, I found myself staring at my essential oils in a sleepy gaze. I decided to whip up a little night time cream to rub on my little one before bed (more on this later).
First, let me say that my first daughter is all about routine. She is eight now and sleeps 11-12 hours a night like a champ. But, she's a real creature of habit. Shower every night around 7 and by 7:30 while my husband is reading to her she is yawning and rubbing her eyes. She has been sleep trained from a young age and it was mostly about doing the same routine night after night. So, now that daughter number two is about 8 weeks and going longer during the day between feedings, I think its ok to expect that at night as well.
Last night she started getting really fussy around 8 and since she had eaten not long before, I knew she was just getting tired. I swooped her up and took her in her room where I decided that tonight was as good a night as any to start her sleep routine. I set the mood by dimming the lights while I softly spoke to her about how sleepy she was getting. After I got her undressed I rubbed her back, legs, belly, and feet down with a mixture of Coconut oil, Lavender oil, and Gentle Babies Essential Oils Blend. She started to relax as I gave her a little baby massage. Next, I put her jammies on, swaddled her, and fed her a bit more. She went right down for a peaceful 5 hours.
Do I think it was just the Essential Oils that put my little one to sleep? yes and no. I definitely think that the baby massage with the oils helped a lot. But, I think it was a combination of a few things. Things that I intend to repeat every night in a similar fashion. I hope that she starts picking up on the cues that it is time for bed, and each night it begins to get easier and easier.