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How do you get a sleep routine back on track?

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Six weeks ago, my 21-month-old son was hospitalized for two nights. It was an intense time. He had been diagnosed with type-1 diabetes and we were in the deep-end of diabetes education – blood glucose monitoring, insulin shots, ketones. ergo baby carrier

His sleeping habits were not at the top of our mind.

No one sleeps well in the hospital, and we were no exception. Our nightly routine was impossible with a shared room, an IV and frequent medical professional visitors. ergo baby carrier clearance

I resorted to walking my son through the hallways in an Ergo carrier to get him to doze off. My son refused to sleep in the hospital crib, so we all slept on the hospital room’s pull-out couch together, waking up during the vitals checks throughout the night.

When we came home, we were responsible for checking his blood sugar levels every three hours. If his levels were too high, we gave him an insulin shot; if they were too low, we made him drink juice. Again, no one slept well.

Given all the nightly disruption, it was impossible to enforce previous sleep rules and hard to let my son cry. After all, he had just been diagnosed with a chronic illness. ergo baby carrier original

But six weeks later, after sleeping on the couch or the futon many nights a week, my husband and I were bleary with sleep deprivation. Enough was enough. We instituted a cry-it-out regime. We told him before bed what was happening. When he woke at 2 a.m., we endured for about 37 minutes before my husband went in and said something like: “We are not going to pick you up. You need to go back to sleep.”

And he went back to sleep and so did we. And the next night there was no crying or waking up until 7:15 a.m. So far, it’s been two weeks and counting (fingers-crossed).

Readers, how have you coped when external events disrupt your child’s sleeping and other patterns of life? How long have you endured a change in the sleep routine?


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  • Posted On May 12, 2012
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