Sponsored Post By Sonia Verma
In our ongoing troubles with a one-year-old sleep resister, Problem 1 is key: She wakes every 20-60 minutes. Even if we can solve Problems 2 and 3 [won't settle; except on the breast], this is the biggie.
She isn't too hot or too cold. Her tummy seems fine. We dose her with baby Tylenol or Motrin when her teeth appear to be troubling her.
Sudden noises, perhaps? She IS a light sleeper, to the point where even the gentlest thought of a parent showering or resting seems to jolt her awake.
Enter the Cloud B Sleep Sheep white noise machine, thoughtfully provided to momstown via Walmart's Every Little Step program, which includes their one-stop baby registry. (You can click here to enter to win an enormous stuffed Sleep Sheep. No really, it's nearly 40 inches tall.)
The product: Several friends swear by this cute little woolly guy who velcros on to crib bars or any other baby jail, and offers enough steady white noise to lull babies back to sleep before they fully awaken.
Our sheep, creatively named "Baaaaa!" by the 13-month-old boss of everyone, offers a choice of four tunes and four noises: a resonant lub-dub heartbeat, sizzly rain sounds, whooshing waves and oddly pleasing whale song. When you turn it on, the volume—for waves and rain, at least—starts out low and gradually builds, so your kid won't startle awake.
The removable sound panel—you gently insert it in the sheep's . . . er, back—lets you set it to auto-turn off after 23 or 45 minutes.
So far, so good. We've been Sleep Sheeping with fanatical hope all the past week.
The verdict: The white noise is really good, and if Baby No-Sleep was younger, I would build a shrine to this whale-song woolster. She did once squawk and then think better of it and go back to sleep, and full credit to Baaaaa for that.
But what we really need for our toddler, it turns out, is something that also rocks her vigorously and sustains her interest long enough for her to calm down, then immediately gets boring and puts her to sleep. My spouse and I can barely hit that sweet spot, so it's a tall order for one tiny lamb.
I am still enough of a convert that I plan to hit Walmart's website to order a few—free shipping, woo!—as future baby shower presents. Nothing says "I care" like the gift of sleep.
In the meantime, Baaaaa is going to stay velcroed nearby, whoosh-whooshing his little fleece off whenever we are able to set her down.
For anyone patient or awake enough to make it through my lament about Younger Cub's crappy sleeping, things are marginally improved on the Problem 2 front: the resettling. Spouse has bravely taken a lot of night shifts to try to get her to settle down more often without having to breastfeed.
Sometimes it works great, other times not so much. Last night she harassed him a coupla hours, had a big feed, then slept for four whole hours [!!!] before returning to her wicked ways. Fingers crossed.
momstown National Editor Sonia Verma is a fan of the Cloud B Sleep Sheep, which she received as part of WalMart's Every Little Step program.