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    How old is your little one OP?
    My DS was/is a terrible sleeper, he would never sleep in his cot or my bed during the day I had to walk him around in the pram to get him to sleep or hold him because he would fall asleep breastfeeding.

    At night used to co-sleep because it was the only way he would sleep and even then it would take about an 1/2 of breastfeeding before he would drift off to sleep. And the room had to be completley dark.
    He has always been a night waker, even now at 3yo he wakes several times a night But its easier now than when he was a baby.

    So for your little ones day sleeps you could try the pram, even pushing it in your driveway or up and down the hallway might work.
    The other place my DS always fell asleep during the day was when we driving in the car.

    Also you could try a motorized baby swing or even just carring her in a sling whilst you walk around during the day might get her off to sleep.

    Good luck and remember as frustrating as it is things will eventually get easier, just do what works for you and your bub and what you are comfortable with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MunchkinsMum1 View Post
    I would love to hear some detailed positive experiences!! TIA. :$
    I have been to sleep school three times, once to a day-stay with dd1, and a day stay and week-stay with dd2.
    I couldn't really speak highly enough of either school tbh. They did responsive settling, and i am aware that this is the no-cry section so please don't flame me for this, i'm just responding to a question.
    • It did involve some crying but it was minimal and the nurses allowed me to decide how much was enough - i always went in when i felt they were getting distressed, and if it just wasn't working, i took them up to check feeds/nappies/temperature etc.
    • They taught me the tired signs, explained the over-tiredness/adrenaline issues (baby gets hyped up on wakeful hormones) and helped me get into a settled routine.
    • They showed me how to get out of the snack-feeding cycle we were in, and how to space out the feeds so baby got a good feed. this definitely wasn't recommended for babies under 3 months.
    • They gave us printed age-appropriate routines to take home so I could adapt the routine as baby grew.
    • I do remember being told to take what I wanted and ignore the rest, but i didn't think I was being dismissed, I just thought the nurses were being flexible.
    • I did find though that i avoided certain nurses, I went with the gentler ones. On the week long stay, we were assigned a nurse for the week and on the second day i asked for a change as the one i was assigned was useless.
    • They didn't pick up my kids food intolerances, i had to work that out by myself, but i don't blame them for that any more than I blame the 50 other professionals that missed it... at the end of the day I'm the mum and I drive the show when it comes to my kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MunchkinsMum1 View Post
    Victoria. My experience was termed 'controlled comforting'. Yet I fail to see how someone patting a crying child for 1.5 hours, comforting.
    The council one I went to rang me when I was at a week long sleep school in Melb (great success!) and I told them exactly what I thought of their process. They closed my file.
    Which ones were they? I'm in Melb too, I'm curious to know. I went to day stay at KooWeerup and week stay at south-eastern private...

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    The day stay was run by Shepparton council and the week long was at Mitcham Private Hospital in the Mother/Baby unit.

    I can highly recommend Mitcham. We went from little sleep during day, constant feeding and feeding to sleep to self-settling, spaced, good feeds and 2-3 naps a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MunchkinsMum1 View Post
    The day stay was run by Shepparton council and the week long was at Mitcham Private Hospital in the Mother/Baby unit.

    I can highly recommend Mitcham. We went from little sleep during day, constant feeding and feeding to sleep to self-settling, spaced, good feeds and 2-3 naps a day.
    yeah I've heard Mitcham is really good, and the lady who does the night settling there used to work at the SE private before it closed, she was excellent, a bit of a baby whisperer I don't know anything about the Shep one though

    But generally i found them both to use fairly gentle methods of restoring some sort of sanity and routine to our lives , minimum tough love


 

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