Please sleep, please sleep. We've all had this train of thought at some point in time. The long hours where nothing seems to get baby to sleep. We settled on the legendary ewan the dream sheep to see if his ovine charms would help.
Doofy was never a great sleeper - probably related to the fact that he spent a fair amount of time in hospital as a small baby with various issues, so had never really had the chance to get settled into a routine at home. Maybe for babies who transfer straight from the womb to the Moses basket it is easier?
Anyway, to cut a long story short, the sleepless nights were starting to take their toll on us and him and so we purchased ewan to see if he could help out.
ewan comes with a range of four noises and we had a good try with all of them. For us, the womb noise seemed most effective although different people seem to have very different opinions on which is their favourite.
We had read about the benefits of white noise so before the purchase I had been standing next to the Moses basket like a lunatic making a bizarre hissing noise like an out-of-tune radio. Having ewan to do this for me was a much needed respite :). And it worked..... once Doofy had got used to the new noise, he became a lot more soothed and relaxed. Most importantly, when he woke up, we could give him a pat on the back and turn ewan back on and he would go back to sleep pretty much straight away.
This went on smoothly for many months and if anything Doofy became a little too dependent on him and actually struggled to self-settle if we didn't go back in and turn ewan on. It was with a bit of sadness that we had to take the decision to take ewan away from him as he was starting to be counter-productive. We don't know anyone else that this happened to although I guess that if sleep was a science then there would be one solution....
However, all-in-all it was a good buy. He really helped out for a few months and he is as soothing to adults as he is for kids. We were a bit sad when we decided to wean Doofy off him as we had found him quite therapeutic to listen to. There are lots of reviews out there where ewan has worked not only for babies but for toddlers and small children. I guess that not all kids are the same, but that's what makes them so special!
Last minute weekend break with a 7 year old. We decided on CenterParcs Longleat for a post-Christmas weekend break. We arrived late at night but everything was all set up ready for us when we got there....