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My baby is going through the stage of walking up at all hours of the night wanting food. Naturally I prefer to be asleep at these times so have to force myself to stay awake by playing games on my phone. The problem is I’m bored of these. How do you all stay awake for the feeds in God awful hours?

(Bed-sharing isn’t an option for us, I’m not a safe sleeper to have a baby next to).

Posted by tea4tee, 1st August 2021

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  • Watch a show? Best time to catch up on emails etc

  • I watch Netflix, this is the only time I have to do it..

  • If you need something on your phone during this time and are bored with general games, try some trivia quizzes and/or try learning a new language – these require more brain power so will help you remain focused and stay awake.

  • Do you have something like Netflix on your phone that you can watch instead?

  • I have to walk around otherwise i’ll fall asleep even if playing games on my phone. These times are tough but no real advice as you also want to be able to sleep again once baby does

  • Making paid surveys were been keeping me up when I was breastfeeding my kids ( sorry a little different way of being up)

  • How about downloading something like readly or Scribed to read magazines and books?

  • I flick through TikTok haha. I find that because I have to scroll through videos and they’re so short it helps keep me awake. On nights when I’m exhausted and really worried about staying awake I set a timer to go off after 5 minutes in case I fall asleep to wake me up. I just keep resetting it every 5 minutes till baby is in bed (I wear headphones so baby doesn’t wake up)

  • Thanx for clarifying tea4tee ! I remember that time to drop asleep whilst feeding baby, so tiring indeed ! I used to go to the computer/tv to watch downloaded tv shows. The tricky thing though is you don’t want to do a too stimulating activity otherwise you can’t fall back asleep again.

  • You need to sleep when baby is asleep. Have a baby monitor in baby’s bedroom – let that wake you up.

  • Good on you for recognising you’re not a safe sleeper. It’s great to know your limits. I used to love box sets at these times – I’d watch DVDs. Or reading a magazine – it didn’t wake me up as much as a book, but did keep me awake.

  • Update: I wrote this at like 2am so it doesn’t sound super clear. I don’t have a problem with her having feeds overnight, and it’s not consistent so yes she’s probably going through a growth spurt. I sleep until she wakes up/wakes me up but the problem I have is that I physically am unable to keep my eyes open to stay awake while feeding her unless I’m playing games on my phone. I keep feeds as short as I can and go to bed again as soon as she’s finished however I want other things on my phone to keep me entertained/awake while I’m feeding her at these random times overnight.

  • What’s the age of your baby ? She might go through a growth spurt.
    First of all I wouldn’t stay awake for the night feeds, you will wake by the baby
    There’s no hurry to phase out night feeds, but night weaning and phasing out night feeds might be an option once your baby is about six months old.
    Depending on how long you usually nurse, you can reduce between 30 seconds and two minutes each night until you’re down to three or four minutes of nursing for that feed.
    Don’t make it a moment of all kind of attention. Keep it neutral and functional, back to sleep after feeding (baby & you).

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