Silja's Sleep Diary: twelve weeks old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
At twelve weeks
old, Silja's mom discovers cloth diapers as a magical sleep
trick. Silja seems to start sleeping through the night quite regularly..
So this week it was back to the normal routines, with big kids at
school all week and myself and Silja dropping them off and picking them
Still, it doesn't feel like there's much of a routine to daytime -
the journey to and from school is too short for her to fall asleep if
we go by car, and the weather hasn't really favoured cycling or
walking. But I'm sure things will improve as we get closer to spring,
longer days and nicer weather!
A magic baby sleep trick: cloth diapers!!!
Nights, on the other hand, have been just fantastic. She's gone to
sleep - after very long feeds but without any fuss - every night before
. Last week she kept waking up a couple of times
every night, but
this week she once slept until 5 am, mostly until 4 am
is a nice sleep through night for a twelve weeks old baby!!!
It might be
just coincidence or her getting bigger, but I think we've found a magic
ingredient - reusable nappies!
I've always wanted to use them, both
for environmental and economical
, and ordered a trial pack before she was born.
I did a bit of
research on the internet and decided to go for ones that are suitable
from birth until the baby is potty trained, which seemed like a good
The ones we got are made of wonderfully soft micro fleece
and have a pocket for absorbent pads so the absorbency can be adjusted.
However, even with the smallest pads they looked so bulky compared to
disposable nappies that I just didn't feel like using them on her.
must have felt incredibly
but her bottom seemed at
least three times the size of her head - not a good look, even for a
baby. But now she's quite a bit bigger and I thought it was time to try
them on again, and I figured that no-one would notice her humongous
bottom if we used them at night ... :)
The next morning I woke at 5 am, in panic as usual after such a long
stretch of sleep, to check that Silja
was still breathing. She was, and she was soaking wet as well, but very
happy after a nice long sleep.
By 8 am I had placed an order for the
full kit and was ecstatic (although kicking
myself for not trying these
magic cloth diapers before
) about being able to save the
planet and get my
baby to sleep through the night
at the same time.
It's pretty strange
though, I would never have thought that just having more comfortable
nappies could have such an impact on sleep
having been in
'nappies' myself for several weeks not too long ago, I'm sure wearing
soft micro fleece instead of maternity pads would certainly have been
more comfortable - so I guess it all makes sense.
Of course, there was a downside too, unfortunately.
My breasts were
feeling distinctly full in the morning as Silja had missed at least one
of her normal night breast feeding. She slept most of the morning in
while we took a long walk on Hampstead Heath, and by the afternoon I
had a viciously blocked duct on my left breast.
I fed her at every
imaginable opportunity (kicking myself for not taking more care) but
the blockage just got more painful and I started to feel a bit
feverish. Then suddenly at 2 am it disappeared, the pain was gone and
Silja went happily back to sleep.
Since then, it's been reusable
nappies every night
, and we're anxiously
awaiting delivery of more so we can start using them at daytime, too -
never mind the big bottom! Hope Silja won't mind too much when she
looks back at her twelve weeks old photos in a year or ten ...