I vaguely remember when a sleep-in on a Sunday morning until 11am was the norm.

When getting the recommended 7 hours sleep was so easy that I got a couple of extra hours just for good measure and when I woke up I felt refreshed, revitalized and well rested every morning! :)

These things are a very distant memory! Having an 8 month old who thinks 2am is party time, and then at 4am he hasn’t quite finished partying and wants to keep it going, is exhausting!

Master M loves to lull us in to a false sense of security by giving us a couple of really “good” nights, we think we have broken him down, and he is adhering to our requests of sleeping through the night ……and then BANG……..we get a 1:30am wakeup call!

And we get back on the “party bus” again! (for ultimate effect imagine the Vengaboys singing ‘the Venga bus is coming, and everybody’s jumping’!)

Please stop the bus, I want to get off!

How do you make a baby sleep? Everyone seems to have an opinion, but what really works?

“Make sure he doesn’t sleep during the day, then he will be tired at night!”

“Have you tried giving him Phenergen just to knock him out?”

“Bath, full tummy, clean nappy, wrapped tight, sleep!”

Every baby is different, that is what I keep telling myself, what works for one won’t necessarily work for another. And what works one night may not work the next!

Sleepless nights are payback I suspect. We were lucky with Miss Z she was a great sleeper from 9 weeks of age and she still is! I often wondered WHY people found it so hard to get babies to sleep. Just put a baby in the cot and they drift off to sleep! Easy!

I would see other mothers who were obviously so tired and were suffering from a severe lack of sleep, and I was walking tall, feeling fab, with a slight spring in my step!

This parenting thing is a breeze, bring on baby number 2!

Now karma has come back to get me in the form of a cute little chubby bubby who likes to stay awake all night! Things are pretty tough at the moment. They can only get better right?

Can someone wake me up when they do!



Jodi is a happily married mum of two (Zara and Max), currently she is taking some time out from her role as a Marketing professional.  Blogging has been a keen interest so she has decided to pursue this whilst on maternity leave, so the blog Mummyhood101 has been set up.  Check it out here:  http://mummyhood101.com

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  • I’ve never been big on sleep ins. Even after the kids left home, I still like to get up early and enjoy the peace and quiet of dawn


  • i remember trying to really enjoy my sleep when i was pregnant


  • I always feel I dont get enough


  • I was the same first baby a breeze second ahhh no sleep for three years and counting


  • my husband and i are in bed by 8pm. any later and we barely get any sleep!


  • With my first he was a restless baby nd nothing worked. waited 4yrs to hv next just in case…ended up with angel sleeper but i became the restless sleeper worrying he wld wake up every hour like his big brother! smtimes u cant win. NOW years later they hv switched…older brother sleeps like a log nd younger one is a problem. im going insane! but off work atm so.can hv nanna nap if need be. lol. the joys of being a mum hey.


  • I tried Phenegan, and it made my child wake up delirious? has anyone else had this experience.


  • Does anyone else seem to wake up just before the child in the middle of the night?


  • I didn’t have babies that slept all night. Do they exist?


  • How I used to envy those whose babies slept all night


  • Years of shift-work, then a family, meant that a sound night’s sleep went out the window. The only thing that’s helped me, and obviously I can’t use them every night, is wearing industrial-strength ear-plugs. A couple of times a week, I wear them and I sleep like a log.


  • I haven’t slept properly in years. I won’t take sleeping meds, so guess l just have to live with it.


  • I haven’t slept a full night in over 11 years, you do adjust


  • I can’t remember the last time I slept all the way through without waking up


  • Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading it.


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