Have a rummage through that bag of excuses Amberjee talks about and get rid of a few ‘reasons’ your baby is not sleeping:
1. ‘I must be doing something wrong!’ In our more rational moments we know that we are doing everything we can possibly think of to help our babies to sleep, feed and be happy and contented. None of us are thinking, ‘hey, I just can’t be bothered with all that, let the baby stay awake all night watching TV’. But at 3am when the little darling has woken up AGAIN you start to worry. Is there something blindingly obvious that you’ve missed? No. Just because your baby isn’t sleeping, or is waking up, or feeding, does not mean you are a Bad Mother.
2. ‘My baby is trying to be difficult!’ Again, in those early hours of the morning it is easy to suspect your baby is playing a malicious joke on you by waiting until you’ve just gone into a deep sleep before letting out that klaxon yell. Frustrating as it is, they are just being a baby and letting you know that they need you. How you respond it your choice: I usually act quickly in the hope that they’ll go back to sleep as soon as possible (well, it can work…)