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From the time we took her out of the hospital, Dindin kind of knew that we sleep at night and we wake up in the morning. Even while still a young baby, she would not even wake up for feeding. Below is a pic of Dindin with her Papa early in the morning. I usually wake up ahead of them and I would find them having the same position.
It is also pretty easy to put Dindin to sleep during the day. While playing, she would just ask to be carried and the moment I would pick her up, she would lay her head on my shoulder and snooze off. Or if we are in the car, I will just notice her head moving from side to side without control. That is when I would realize that she is already asleep. No fuss at all. Below, you will find her asleep in the car.
Or she would fall asleep while on her bottle.
The problem was her nighttime sleep. When she got a little older, like about 11 months, the question of what time at night will she sleep became somewhat difficult to answer. She would be very drowsy on my shoulders one moment, and then she would spring her head up and open her eyes wide the next, pointing to the toys around us. She seems to think that she will miss out on the action if she sleeps ahead of us. So she usually finally calls it a day around 11pm to 12mn.
We have tried so many things. We moved her evening routine earlier, like her meals and her bath. We used lavender bath products and burned lavender aroma oil. Then no more active play after that. We would read while we let some instrumental lullaby music play softly in the background. After that, lights will be dimmed and we would say our prayers.
If she is still active, we would give her a massage. Her Papa would massage her back and legs while I did her head. She would lie on her stomach and we would see a satisfied smile on her face, as if really savoring the pleasures of a body massage. After about 30 minutes, she would sit up again and play.
Over and above the things mentioned above, we would carry her while singing and swaying until she will finally rest her head on my shoulder and sleep. And that would last till the next day.
Recently, we changed tactics. My baby is now 16 months old. After dinner, we would either give her a bath or give her the bottle, depending on what time it is. The latest that we wash her is 9:30pm. Eventually, we no longer gave her a shower, instead we would just wipe her whole body with a damp cloth. She would be changed into her nighttime nappies and pajamas.
We continued to read, sing, play, or watch a video. Then after our prayers, we turned off the light and her Papa and I would lie down with her and pretended to sleep. In a matter of minutes, sometimes 2-3 minutes, maximum of 5, she is already fast asleep! Imagine that! All the while, we did all these things to get her to sleep and all she needed was for us to lie down with her!
It is a good thing that we found this out, but there is one downside–we also fall asleep as fast as she does!