For those of you who have followed our blog and Instagram for some time will know that Sam is not a good sleeper.
He is yet to sleep the whole night through. In fact I was telling my friend I have not had a full nights sleep for almost a year now. Which seems crazy! Sam is almost 9months old but pregnancy and toilet stops in the middle of the night before Sam came along contributed to this. Mother Natures way of preparing us for those sleepless nights ahead I was always told.
It is amazing how our body’s adapt though and how you learn to function on broken sleep, it just becomes your new normal. Even the odd night away I have had from Sam (I can count on one hand) I still found myself waking naturally and realising he wasn’t with me as I am so used to getting up with him.
The frustrating thing is Sam wasn’t a bad sleeper he would have gone 5/6 hours in a row prior to hitting 4months and after his final set of injections his sleep pattern just went out the window. I think getting used to a 5 hour stretch made the hourly wake ups a killer.
Sam was in a babyside crib with the side down until almost 3 months when I put the side up and moved the cot away from the bed. He stayed in the babyside crib until he was 4months as we had the space to have the big cot in our room to get him used to it. He did the odd 5hour stretch in his big cot (Total fluke) while in our room but really it was around this time I was up every hour settling him (without lifting him as much as possible) rubbing his back, putting his dummy back in or switching on Ewan the sheep the sleep aid with white noise we had used with Sam since he was a newborn.
Ewan was great more so in the early days and it did get you an extra 20minutes or so which trust me is VERY precious but this was easy when he was in the babyside crib to just lean over and switch on but getting up and down for an extra 20minutes became pointless.
I was up every hour/2 hours for about 2 months until we moved Sam into his own room at 6 months. We were getting to the point of being up so much by about 5-5.30am I caved and brought Sam in beside me, with Chris getting up about half 6 this was usually my best sleep from 5-7am.
Once in his own room (which is upstairs and ours downstairs) I moved into the spare room upstairs for about 2 weeks. I tried to let Sam self settle more and cry it out. And reduced his middle of the night bottle from 8oz to 4oz gradually.
I have tried just giving water but he was having none of it and have also tried 3oz but I find he still looks for that other oz. I think my next move is to water down his milk and then try just water again until he no longer looks for his bottle.
We progressed to Sam sleeping for about 3 hours in a row and the very odd night doing 4 and staying in his cot until 7am. Then we went on holiday and we were back to square one. Up every 2 hours and he was in our bed by about 5am tossing and turning.
Coming back home I was determined to try and solve this no sleeping pattern. I go back to work in just over a week so for the past 2 weeks we have been trialling MyHummy. I wanted to give it enough time before writing my review as I did not expect any huge night and day change overnight.
My Hummy was created to help babies sleep. Babies associate white noise with warmth, comfort and security. MyHummy sleep aid for babies emits five types of white noise: a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, ocean waves, falling rain and amniotic fluid with heartbeat.
Unlike other sleep aids MyHummy has a sleep sensor (this is the genius part!). After 60 minutes the sound automatically fades out but, thanks to the smart Sleep Sensor, it resumes humming if the baby starts to stir or if there is an increase in the background noise. MyHummy can also be used in non-stop mode for up to 12 hours.
Sam was kindly sent Filbert and Zac was sent Ash, bears from the My Hummy award winning range.
I switch Filbert on as I give Sam his bottle at bedtime with just his nightlight in his room and lay him with Sam in his cot. Sam has slept 6 hours in a row 4 times now (for us this is HUGE progress). Aside from that he has been sleeping for at least 4 hours in a row and if not due a bottle I have been leaving him to self settle as I know Filbert will have switched on to help sooth him. The time it takes for him to get back over has reduced too and his morning nap has gone from 40 mind to 1.5-2hours.
It has not been an instant success turning him into at 7pm-7am sleeper but I feel had I got this sooner or ideally from birth it would have made a huge difference.
I am excited to see the improvement in his sleep after another week or two. I would now recommend this over Ewan the sheep for the sleep sensor feature alone (and I was a big Ewan supporter)!
Sam starts nursery next week and I will be sending Filbert with him, as a comfort and to ensure he has a decent nap.
I would highly recommend the MyHummy range, the sleep sensor feature is not only a comfort to Sam but to me also.
There is a huge range from teddy bears (boys and girls) in the most beautiful designs and also ‘sleepy heads’ which attach to your cot or ‘snoozy’ a smaller mobile soother which can attach to your buggy or car seat too! These start from £39. The ‘snoozy’ in the Ecru colourway would make an amazing gift for a newborn if you were not sure on the gender. I know I would seriously appreciate this with a newborn and I can only imagine the sooner you start using it the better!
Side note: our MyHummy bear Filbert has been on for 12 nights for 12 hours each night using the non stop system. It has also been on during Sam’s naps for 12 days or more and the batteries have not needed replacing. I think that is pretty impressive too!
My Hummy Features
- White noise device inside myHummy is safely concealed in a zip pocket
- You don’t need to take the sound device out in order to switch it on and off
- The sound device is operated using just one button
- Five different sounds to choose from: a hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, ocean waves, rainfall and amniotic fluid with heartbeat
- The sound gently fades out after 60 minutes without waking the sleeping baby
- Smart Sleep Sensor – when baby starts to stir, whimper, or if there is an increase in the background noise, the device starts humming again
- Non-stop mode for an uninterrupted night’s sleep
Over and out from a much better rested Tara xx