Sleep and sheep

 
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Thank you to the fabulous @gugu_guru for posting our piece on Coraline and sleep and sheep recently: http://blog.guguguru.com/ewan-dream-sheep/

Here are excerpts: 

“‘Ooh you’ll have to get a Ewan the Sheep,’ said a teacher (with a young baby at home) at a Conference I was attending. I hadn’t heard of ‘Ewan the Dream Sheep’ but I was seven months pregnant at the time and promptly wrote it down. He said his baby loved Ewan at bedtime.....Before Coraline was born I read two books which I love: “The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems (By Teaching You How to Ask the Right Questions)” by Tracey Hogg with Melinda Blau and “Bringing Up Bebé” by Pamela Druckerman.


Bringing up Bébé is by an American woman who was living in Paris when pregnant with her daughter and there’s a chapter called “doing her nights” where she looks at why “having a baby who sleeps through the night early on seems to be the norm in France.” I read this in conjunction with the Baby Whisperer book which talks about routine (eat, activity, sleep) and not interrupting a baby during sleep cycles when you put them down for a nap....Enter Ewan. At each of these daytime naps and for bedtime we’d sit him by her cot – as part of the nap and bedtime routine. Coraline has slept through the night since she was about seven weeks old. So was it luck or design? Who knows? She sleeps 7pm-7am and once she’s asleep, she’s sound asleep. You can walk and talk in the room and I’m always fascinated by that. It was quite ironic; for a time, I’d be getting up to pump milk in the night, and Coraline wouldn’t be (as you have to pump a certain number of times to maintain supply until you hit 12 weeks). Perhaps it’s because for her daytime naps she would sleep with noise all around downstairs.

One other thing we have learned is that each family and their baby knows what suits and works for them, and you just trust that...when it comes to everything! This is just what worked for us!”

Remember the @ewanthedreamsheep recommendation @cookie866?

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