The Best Present

I already wrote about the presents we received from the Cones in the mail yesterday.

One package was straight from, already gift wrapped inside the box.

I would like to confess…I opened it…

In my defense, when I pulled it out of the shipping box one corner was already unwrapped (honestly!). So I saw the brand. Which gave me a pretty good idea of what it was. A white noise machine for lil G.

I was so excited. I’ve been wanting one of these things for a while now. G has been having a hard time taking naps during the day. He goes down really easily, but is awake in 45 minutes. Not fussy– AWAKE. The sleeptime book I read (note: the Hot Topic of Sleeping Theories I will save for another post…soon…) mentioned that babies need 1.5 hour naps in order to feel rested afterwards. It also mentioned the “45 Minute Interlocutor” . They don’t give any sort of helpful hints on that front, other than a sort of “sucks to be you if that happens”-attitude!

I think I can count on ONE HAND the # of times G has taken a nap longer than 45 minutes. I’ve tried everything to get him to go longer, to no avail.

In the back of my mind, I knew that white noise would help. We have a trick we learned from the Unruhs– the receiver of a baby monitor makes static when there is no monitor. Unfortunately, our receiver was picking up other babies in the complex. In the middle of the night, it would be “ssshhhhhh” static, and then, all of a sudden, we would hear babies crying and mothers talking to them. Kinda creepy…

By the time Jesse got home, I’d decided we were going to open the present. I NEED it, I thought. G NEEDS IT. He is such a happy baby after he has a good sleep! I think his fussiness in the early evening is a direct result of a day’s worth of exhaustion.

I have to say, it’s been WONDERFUL. We turned it to “heartbeat” and placed it under his swing. He slept 4 solid hours in the evening, and then 5 more hours directly after. SO UNLIKE HIM. And then we’ve already had two naps wherein he made it over an hour!

We’ll see how the rest of the day goes, but for right now, I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH! Also, to every pregnant woman out there– a white noise machine is one of the most important things you can register for, next to swaddle blankets and pacifiers. You will thank me, I promise.

4 thoughts on “The Best Present

  1. I should have gotten one for Solomon when he was a baby. he was always a HORRIBLE napper…45 min or less and never more. maybe for this next one…

  2. I know there are a lot of theories of baby soothing out there (do, don’t, etc.), but I really feel like the happiest baby on the block method is just right on, isn’t it? If you want your newborn to be happy…. recreate the conditions of the womb that were so soothing for all those month! I am totally devoted to our white noise machine, and a really nice thing about it is you can recreate baby’s “sleeping place” pretty much anywhere with it. So long as there is white noise and his favorite blanky, James will go down anywhere!

  3. We have the same one… it is awesome for camping since it can run on AA’s too. We used it for naps and all night long at Big Sur this year, and only used one set of batteries.

  4. Becks– I think the Happiest Baby on the block stuff is really good. Sometimes, though, G fights the swaddle, even after the initial wrapping.. Maybe its because he’s almost done with the “4th Trimester”…

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