May 31, 2016

If Your Baby Doesn't Sleep, You're Not Alone

If you follow on pretty much any form of social media (InstagramTwitter, or Snapchat - @lindsayutland) then you probably know that my baby is a total non-sleeper. That sounds a little dramatic... it's not that she doesn't sleep at all, it's just that her sleep is really random and she is yet to "sleep through the night" at a year old.

I should probably state before I go any further that this post is totally not a request for unsolicited sleep advice because honestly, we had heard it all and have tried many different things. I am honestly convinced that Harper just doesn't require a lot of sleep. As you can imagine, we had a rough start as far as sleep went, and as first time parents, we pretty much did anything we could in an attempt to get even an hour of sleep. I'll spare you the details! As each week and month passed, we expected her sleep to somehow magically improve, but it really never did. I felt like I was constantly being asked if she was sleeping through the night, and to this day that phrase makes me cringe. When we had her sleeping in a bassinet in our room for the first few months, we made a makeshift DockATot with blankets underneath the fitted sheet, not knowing that this product existed. Through Instagram, I discovered the DockATot when Harper was a few months old, and I immediately began to covet it. I really think Harper would have slept so much better from the beginning if we had started off with her in a DockATot, as it's design is meant to provide a snug, womb like feeling. To this day, she loves being held while she's sleeping and the first night she slept for 3 hours straight in it. This was considered a victory for her. I really wasn't kidding when I said this girl has a decreased need for sleep. We have actually had the most success with it in our bed, as these days we mostly co-sleep because that's how we all wind up getting the most sleep at night. I love that the Deluxe is narrow enough to fit in our bed and allows us to all sleep comfortably in our own space.

I would love to get The Grand version now that Harper is getting bigger. The Grand is recommended for babies from 9-36 months. The Deluxe is recommended for babies up to 8 months, however Harper is still able to fit comfortably in it. It's also great for lounging and she loves sitting/playing in it during the day. Our plan is to use the DockATot from the start with the next baby, although it's a running joke that there may never be another baby if Harper continues to prevent us from sleeping! All joking aside, here is a quick little PSA for anyone out there who has a child who struggles with sleep. Feeling like you are the only person in the world whose baby struggles with sleep, no matter what you do to try to fix it, is such an isolating and miserable way to feel. I think a lot of parents feel embarrassed to admit their kid doesn't sleep, which is silly because sometimes no matter what you do, it may always be a struggle. I want you to know that you aren't alone! We are finally making a little bit of progress a year later, but still have a long way to go. 

Doll Swaddle c/o Lou Lou & Company

I was provided a DockATot to review. All opinions are my own.

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