Friday, May 13, 2011

Sleep Baby Sleep

Jack was wailing through the monitor at 4am this morning, which is never a welcomed noise. However, it was particularly unwelcomed this morning as I had stayed up until midnight watching reality tv with a few glasses of wine.

I hauled myself into his room, hoping that a bottle would be enough to put him back to sleep. No such luck. The little guy was all smiles - up and ready to go. 

This felt like hell. A few short months ago, four hours of sleep would have been amazing, but once you get used to your baby sleeping through the night - its incredibly difficult to adjust to 4am wake-up calls.

I was sitting in the recliner holding him when I remembered reading something about how yawning is believed to be a biological function of the body used to subliminally sync people in rhymthm with one another. 

So, I decided that if I faked yawning that it might trigger a sleep response in the baby. So I yawned and yawned and yawned again. Well, it seemed to be working - on me anyways. During my performance, Justin, on his way to the bathroom, peeked into the room.

"Is he going back to bed?" Justin asked.

I told him I was working on it by yawning. He seemed confused and a little skeptical.

Well, dear husband, I'll have you know that it worked like a charm. Two and a half hours later - that baby passed out cold.


  1. Oh, that's great! When I was trying to get my daughter to sleep through the night, I was doing the "No Cry Sleep Solution" method, which urged creating "cues" that your child could use to know it was time to go to sleep. I wanted her cue to be "shhhh" instead of "boob!" It never worked, but I sure did give it a heck of a try. Fortunately, she now understands "Night-night" to mean "Go back to sleep, for crying out loud!" and will often comply. We'll see how long that lasts!
    Smiles, Jenn

  2. Oh great...NOW you tell me. And I stayed up for THREE hours at a time with all of mine! Had I known I could have yawned them asleep a half an hour earlier, well of course I would have done it! New follower! Good stuff!

  3. You are officially qualified to write a sleep training book now ...

  4. I know - I think each chapter could details different type of yawns and how different yawns work for different types of sleepers....Really, moms are so desperate for sleep I could quite possible have a best seller on my hands!