Don’t get angry at a 7-month old

I admit that I recently got angry at little Eva for reasons that was really not controlled by her at all.

The situation was that recently Eva did not drink her milk well at her meal just before bedtime. She would make a fuss to be fed, but would only drink a meagre portion, before falling off into slumber and then refuse to drink anymore. As such, Eva goes to bed full, but only for a short period of time, and would have to wake up again very quickly during the night, usually at 1 or 2 am.

Previously, there was a period of time when Eva was able to go to bed at 8 pm and slept till morning at 4 or 5 am before she woke up to drink again. That coupled with other parents letting me in on their kids behaviour of sleeping from 6 pm to 6 am, or sleeping from 9 pm to 7 am … etc … and I get really upset that Eva was unable to get into a habit of sleeping well at night.

It simply had to be because of not having a full and complete meal before sleeping that was disrupting her rest at night. Hence, wife and I tried various ways to feed her more, even feeding her an additional time before we went to bed so she would get fuller. We also tried just feeding water to her when she woke at 2 am, but that did not satisfy her and she still had to drink some milk before she would fall asleep.

Was really upset and tired one night when Eva woke up again at 2+ am and was just thinking … can’t she just go to sleep!!!

Later on, I realized that Eva really does not know what is going on and getting upset with her would not mean anything and can change anything. Thankfully for a understanding wife that I can lean on and count on to help whenever it gets to trying. Buddy-buddy, friend-friend to get through some of the “downs” of having a kid.

Anyway, if anyone has any brilliant ideas on how to help a baby sleep through the night, please do share …