‘Have you tried rocking her in the pram?’ They said.
‘Babies just love to sleep when their moving. They just go straight
My darling 4 week old baby girl was not a big fan of her Moses basket during the day. She didn’t object outright to it,
but defiantly did not feel it to be a suitable place to sleep. She told me this by crying every time I put her in it to sleep.
She felt the same about her pram. She told me so in exactly the same way. Loudly if necessary.
She liked to sleep in my arms or on my chest during the day.
Incredibly from midnight onwards the Moses basket wasn’t so bad.
I considered myself lucky – I had a four week old baby who only woke up a couple of times in the night.
However the day-time sleeping was sometimes problematic.
I liked to snuggle her, of course, but occasionally I wanted to make a piece of toast, or take a walk, or even have a wee.
Of all the babies in my antenatal group, she was the only one who had such as strong aversion to sleeping in her pram while we were out and about. I was puzzled.
‘But ALL babies love it in the pram’ ‘Have you tried to just keep going she might just grizzle for a minute’
Nope, my gorgeous girl grizzled a bit, then wailed a bit and a little louder, at which point my heart hurt and I picked her up.
Then my mum bought me a stretchy wrap and it changed everything. She slept on my chest for all of her naps until she was 4 months old. We both loved it. The closeness and coziness. She snuggled in each time and rested her head on my chest.
I could not only make toast but cook a full dinner, I could walk anywhere, anytime.
‘Try this I said to my friend its amazing – Babies love it – they fall straight to sleep’
No my friend replied. Her baby hated it. The feeling of being enclosed and too close. She straightened her legs
and arched her back. She needed her own space to move and wiggle to get comfortable to sleep.
My baby girl eventually outgrew sleeping on my chest for her naps. By 6 months she would happily nod off if we
happened to be out and about with the pushchair at nap time. However, at home, she still needs a cuddle to go to sleep
even now at two and a half years old.
My son arrived 22 months later and I just assumed he would need the same level of closeness as my little girl.
My stretchy wrap was well used again as a useful way of keeping my hands free to chase after a toddler.
I’m sure he too enjoyed the closeness and the cuddles – I certainly did.
But when I happened to put him in the pram to go out for a walk he just shut his eyes… as if sleeping there
was something that all babies did!
Rachel Reaveley | tenminutesspare.com