We wanted to share how we managed this breakthrough with our other parenting friends out there who may be operating on minimal sleep. Here’s our eight-day formula that you can use to get your own infant to sleep through the night.
Sunday – Go to the farmer’s market early in the morning. Then go to church. Then go to a park, perhaps a national forest. Find a park ranger and shake her hand for a scavenger hunt.
Shake Hands with a Park Ranger
Monday – Have a grandparent visit with a family member that your baby has never met. She will be held by loving arms. Being passed back and forth will assure her that she is loved by many people.
Wren and her Aunty Ling Ling
Tuesday – With family members gone, schedule an evening session with other people. For us, we went to our adoption support group.
Wednesday – Take your child with you to your former workplace. Then to lunch with your former boss.
Thursday – Have more family members visit. Preferably an aunt and an uncle with whom she is already familiar.
Friday – With family members gone, schedule a visit with someone who is curious about your child’s welfare. For us, we had scheduled a post-placement visit with our adoption social worker.
Saturday – Go on a day trip! Take twice as long to get there. Going to a popular summer destination such as a beach town like we did is perfect! Again, introduce your baby to more family members. Then take her to a sports game in the evening. We found that a soccer game is very exciting for a three-month old. Especially so when her cousin is the one who is singing the national anthem! Fortunately, the fans at the game we went to had vuvuzelas which she learned how to eventually sleep through. (I think that this is an important part of the process.)
Wren and her Cousin Faith
Sunday – The only repeat activity from the previous Sunday is going to church. You will want to schedule a late evening dinner at the neighbor’s house. Bathe her right before bedtime. Put her in a familiar place and sweetly kiss her good night. You will find that she will sleep through the night!
Disclaimer: Okay, this isn’t for real. And, just because she slept through one night does not mean that she slept through the next night. Take last night. I was up at 10:30, 11:30, 2:00, 4:00, 6:30.