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Thread: Anyone done a Tweedle day stay??

  1. #19

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    Oct 2004
    melton, victoria


    yeal,yes it has helped but let me point out that we also changed things to suit our needs and what we felt comfortable with,chantelle is doing so much better now,we have not taken her dummy away,that is how she settles and as far as im concerened that would be just to damn cruel,out of all that hppened i have learnt to change only 1 thing,we dont pick her up through the night and offer her a feed every time she wakes,we just pop her dummy back in and she goes straight back to sleep.the waking is getting less evrry night as she is now realising that she doesnt actually need to wake up for a feed cos there isnt one there.she is actually happier that way cos i am not yanking her out of bed every time she makes a noise instead i am just helping her get back to sleep.yes they did do cc on the ypounger babies,but far more modified.

  2. #20

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    Aug 2005
    Melbourne, Victoria


    We do have a sling, which he doesn't seem to mind that much, but isn't a huge fan either! But i find it really uncomfortable as i normally have a sore back at the best of times, and carrying around that extra weight doesn't help!

    I normally only do it when i am desperate and have to get things done by a certain time and he is up and crying!

    Even if i do put him in a sling, he won't sleep for so long with me moving around, and it wouldn't really teach him to sleep longer than 40 min anyway!

    What brand sling do you have? maybe i just need to get a better one? We have an old baby bjorn which somebody gave us, but i find it hard to put on and take off...I think the newer ones are easier

  3. #21
    Debbie Lee Guest


    Hi Yael,
    Firstly, big hugs for you. It's so hard when your child won't sleep for sooo many reasons. I remember how Gabby's sleep used to consume my life and I was trying lots and lots of different things to get her to sleep better (and longer!).

    I went to a Day Stay program here in Geelong when Gab was 8 weeks old (I think?? Something like that, anyway).

    My main reason for calling them wasn't really for sleep issues. I really just wanted to see the lactation consultant about feeding but I thought, what the hey, may aswell get some pointers about settling too.

    I walked out of there feeling more confused and frazzled than ever!! The LC had tried to tell me that Gabby had finished feeding after 5 minutes - when before she was feeding for up to an hour. She then tried some settling techniques on her when she wasn't even tired... we tried the whole patting her to sleep thing etc. and Gab wasn't having a bar of it. I now know why... she's never been one that has liked movement, rocking etc. to sleep... so patting her just stirred her up.

    I really didn't get much out of the experience except to know how not to tackle sleeping issues! I decided to stop trying to find answers through "experts" and start listening to just a few people - my Mum and myself included. I started to really try and focus on what Gabby was trying to tell me through her mannerisms and tired signs. Sometimes I got it right, other times nothing would work... esp. when she got to that 4 month mark... urrgh! Nothing wanted to work then! It only lasted a couple of weeks tho.

    I really think sometimes it just takes perseverance. For a while, Gabby slept out in the loungeroom in her bouncer during the day. She only ever slept in her cradle at night time. Over time, she got better and better with sleep - and we did have stages where she would only cat-nap during the day. It was frustrating and exhausting!

    I have a hug-a-bub too which was wonderful. She liked sleeping in that when we were out and about (kept her nice and warm too).

    I've always had either music or "white noise" (a fan) going in her room to drown out the sounds from us moving around in the loungeroom. We only have a really small house and our dog barks in the middle of the night sometimes. I play "Music for Dreaming" when she sleeps during the day and I have a fan going in her room (not blowing on her.. and not blowing hot air... just making a continual noise). Our bathroom is right next to her room too, so Neil having a shower in the morning used to wake her up.

    I also think hammocks sound like a wonderful idea and it's silly of them to suggest that you don't put your bub in one! Gabby was wrapped until she was 10 months old! So... imo, there's nothing wrong with wrapping either!

    When Gab started teething, she started wanting a dummy at night too... so I let her. She now has to have a dummy to sleep, but I don't mind. I'll worry about getting rid of it (or using it less) later on.

    Every child is different - they have their own little personalities. Some sleep better than others but I really don't think there's any one magical cure (like cc seems to imply).
    All you can do is use trial and error (which you are doing) and you will find what works for all of you in time.

  4. #22

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    Jun 2005
    Wonga Park


    I have a friend who went to 3 'sleep schools' until she got her son to sleep (and it didn't happen until he was 2). You may find that tweedles doesn't work for you or you may find bits that are useful and you can try at home. Be true to what you feel as Dovid's mum. You know him better then anyone. He will eventually get into a sleep pattern that is longer then 40 minutes - remember the 'outside' world is all new to him too and he may still be getting use to it. Is her refluxy? Does he feed well? (is he drinking enough at each feed or is he waking because he's hungry?) Is he waking because of wind? You are not a bad parent, he is feed, dry and loved. Sleep when he is sleeping (even if you only get 40 minutes for the whole day yourself). Lack of sleep for you magnifys everything. I know where you are coming from - although Mackenzie is now a dream sleeper - she's nearly 2 but she didn't sleep from 13 months up until 3 weeks ago. I cried because I was so tired but on the really bad days I would have an hours sleep when she slept during the day. If tweedles can't help you in the way you would like them to you may need to try somewhere else. You MCHN will be able to give you other options. Good luck

  5. #23

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    Aug 2005
    Melbourne, Victoria



    So we did our daystay last Wednesday, and i've been meaning to get on and let you all know how it went, but have been really busy..

    So we got there at 8.45am, and then we made up the cot for DA, then we all went and chatted in the main room (there was another baby same age - born the day after him in same hospital, and a 5 month and 6.5 month old).. Then they started talking to us about what our babies sleep patterns were, why we called, who's deicision it was etc, and what they do there..

    As soon as the bought up MCC for the 6.5 month old, DH said my body language changed completely and i got really tense and he could tell how angry i was getting...

    Anyway, then after that they said to go and try and settle the babies using the technique suggested (will describe it below), but by this time it was 10.30and DA was due for a feed in like 15 mins and was so overtired cos they made us keep him up during the talk... Anyway, i thought it was stupid to sepnd all this time settling him if he was going to feed so soon anyway (even though they said the point of the day was not how much sleep they got, but what we learnt.. but i thought that was a little cruel cos its mean to not let my baby sleep if he does need it)... Anyway, so he was really sleep during that feed, and she like told me/him off, which i thought was unfair, cos what else did she expect from him??? grrr..

    So then she told us to get him up to play for 10 mins so he didn't associate feed with sleep..

    And then we put him back down, using their technique..

    Which was wrapping (which she said should stop after 4 months as it became a SIDS risk - i've never heard of that), using a dummy, which she said was debateable whether to use or not, but i figured i just wanted to get him to sleep and then i would worry about that in like a month or so... And basically making sure he was calm and leaving the room

    If/when he started to grissle, she said to wait until it was a proper cry for 30 sec, cos quite often they just need to get it out of trheir system and then they will fall asleep without actually crying... I guess i have always gone in and pick them up straight away so that hopefully he wouldn't get to worked up and would go down easily, but i was suprised by listening to him that he did go to sleep after like 45 sec or grissling, and i just had to wait

    But the times we he didn't and would actually cry, to go in, and they said not to make eye contact or talk, but just to place one hand on their chest and the other to pat them while shusshing, and then when they were calm to go out again, and to let them fall asleep by themselves...

    If they couldn't stop crying and calm down after a certin period of time (they said when i couldn't handle it anymore, between 5 - 15 mins) then to pick him up and calm him down.. It only happened like once that he cried for that long and needed to be picked up (i think i made it to 4 mins), but most times he just needed to be patted, and then would go to sleep himself - I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED, cos i never really gave him that chance by picking him up all the time..

    Anyway, it was very hard on me in the beginning, and i had a fight with the nurse person the first time we left the room after he had his first cry, saying i didn't believe in MCC etc... she denied that what they did there, but still... also, i guess she read my body language and was really snappy and reactive even before i said anything (which i didn't think was so professional cos surely she should be used to dealing with stressed parents and should have been nice and calm about it - her snapping just made me even worse!)

    I stood my ground and said i would pick him up when i felt like me patting/shooshing him wasn't calming him, depending on his cries, not the time.. And i also didn't agree with no eye contact/talking... She said it was like DH trying to sleep and me talking to him and waking him back up, but i think that analogy was stupid cos he was crying loudly, so quite frankly he was already hyped up!

    Anyway, when i did it our way (more so when we went home that night), he settled a lot quicker that when we were there - so i feel like it just prooved my point that i did know what he needed to calm down...

    Anyway, i tired to difuse the situation with the nurse by trying to make my questions more asking so she wouldn't take them as accusing, so it got a little better... But i did ask when they were going on about how great they were what their success rates actually were (they reckon 98% for people who folllow the program properally, but i think that's a little high myself)..

    Anyway, it was interesting, and he has been going down so well now that his sleeping is like 300% improved... But we still have issues resettling him (hopefully he is learning!, they said it takes a while. but i managed for the first time to actually get him to ressettle with their method yesterday), and because i feel like i am not doing MCC (at least i hope i'm not!) in anyway cos i am there for him and stay with him and reassure him until he is calm, but he just needs to know that its not the best to always pick him up! And also i learnt that sometimes he just needs to get a grizzle out, but its not always going to turn into crying! (i normally dont wait 30 sec anyway, i can tell at a certain point if his grizzling will patter out, or if its getting worse, and then i go in, regardless of the time)

    One thing that annoyed me and i wish i said it (cos i mentioned ppl i know who wrapped babies until 10 months and they got really narky about it saying you can do what you like but ur putting ur babies at risk), i wanted to say well you guys are really into babies being in their own rooms, but you baby is like 4 times less likely to die from SIDS if they are in your room, so don't you guys just use this SIDS thing when it suits you? Why do i always think of all the good stuff like 30 mins later??

    We still have him in the hammock as the cot is like 5mm to big to fit through the doorway, and i can't be bothered dismattling it so i can bring in from the study/his room into ours, but i do find it easier to settle him int he cot, and he is sleeping really well in there (had a 2 HOURS NAP SAT AFTERNOON IN HIS COT WITHOUT WAKING UP AT 40 MIN MARK!! YAH!!!), so maybe its the best thing for him??

    Although i love the hammock and i want him to sleep in there, but i guess if they cot is easier then i might have to switch to that.. lets hope the next one can use it! Not sure if the hammock has some part to why he doesn't sleep so well during the day, or if everything is coincident? Gosh its confusing! I guess it's just trial and error!

    And the Peacebaby cd is really excellent... I think it relaxes hm (and me, i love it!) and helps him to sleep.. I think the Sounds for Silence/White noise stuff is only good when they are a bit younger!

    The nurse lady said in the morning talk not tor rely on that stuff as it became sleep aids, but i told her about the cd and him and i liking it, and she said then to use it then.. She said maybe trying not using it every time and then he wont get used to it as a sleep aid..

    Anyway, i'll let you all know how it progresses... But is the way i'm settling him still gentle, or are there other things i can use without just picking him up, cos i dont' think its necessarily the best thing for him? as hard as that is for me to say (i guess i just feel me picking him up should be the only thing he needs, but funnily it seems to be the exact opposite)..

    Thanks for all your advice/support!


  6. #24

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    Jun 2005
    Blue Mountains


    wow. Sounds like you picked up a few tips there, and glad to here Dovid's starting to sleep better.

    I must admit I pick up Tallon. But we learnt even back when he was a few days old that he had 20 sec grizzles in his sleep so we wait for it to become a 'real' cry first. He usually wakes at feed time so its not really a prob, but the last few nights he doesn't go much past an hour without waking, coz he has a cold. But I figure we all want cuddles when we're sick, so I just go with it. (Even Demazin didn't knock him out last night! LOL)

    My opinion with whether what you are doing is still gentle or not would be - if he's settling and happy with what you're doing, then it's gentle! I think it's not gentle to let them get distressed. If he knows you're there and is content, then you're doing a great job

    Hope it continues to work for you!

    ETA: I feed Tallon to sleep all the time! I'd be in big trouble if I ever need a sleep school hehe. It works.. so I do it
    Last edited by Liz; May 15th, 2006 at 07:36 AM.

  7. #25
    Debbie Lee Guest


    Yael - sounds like you had a productive day-stay and it's great that you have been able to take from it the things that you want to incorporate into your daily routine and chuck out the bits that make you uncomfortable. I really think that's the way to go with any advice. He is your baby, YOU are his mother and you are the one that will be with him day in and day out.

    I agree that I think what you are doing is gentle - for sure! Sometimes we can get into habits and stop listening to our baby - which may have been the case when you were picking him up too quickly. Grizzling is far different from full-on crying (which would occur with the rigid CC tequnique) when they need to be comforted. A little bit of inital grizzling won't hurt - it's probably just normal protesting as opposed to being really upset, iykwim?

    As for wrapping... Gab was wrapped until 10 months (as you know) but she also didn't start rolling from back to front until then! So, as far as the SIDs risk goes, I knew Gab would be ok because she physically couldn't roll over (and, by that age, they are quite capable of turning their heads to the side to breathe.... but that's beside the point). It depends on the individual baby. I know for a fact that if I didn't keep wrapping, I would have major sleep issues with Gab. My POV was... if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    Falling asleep while feeding is normal and natural and, like Shannon said, will not form "bad habits". It's not a bad habit to feel all warm and snuggly and secure in Mum's arms. Gabby did it for a while but grew out of it. Granted, she was bottle-fed at 6 months so it is a little different - but I'm pretty sure she would have grown out of it eventually.

    As far as the dummy goes, if it works to get them to sleep, then what's the harm? I wouldn't stress about it. I personally think the dummy has been a God-send for me. Gabby loves it (perhaps a little too much), it's portable and conveinient. I understand if people don't want to use it from the beginning (each to their own) but I really don't think it's a big deal. After all, I've never seen a child at school with a dummy so they must go to heaven eventually! LOL

    I don't like the no eye contact thing either. After all, our babies are little human beings!! Eye contact is one of the ways we communicate. I don't think that ignoring your child is a healthy thing to do... so good on you for listening to your instincts!

    Urrgh @ the nurse telling you not to rely on the Peace Baby as a sleep aid. Honestly!! Are you allowed to do anything??? Sheesh! Gab has her music on during the day at home (and I have a copy of it at Mum's), but if she has to sleep somewhere else, she's fine! So it's a load of piffle that they come to rely on it. Gab doesn't have it at night. We recently went away for the night and she slept fine in the motel room with us - no music, no white noise etc. So I wouldn't stress too much about it. And, to be honest, most of his sleeps will be at home when you can play the music so I don't think it's a huge issue.

    Just so glad to hear that you are going so well and that things are falling into place. That's wonderful!

  8. #26

    Default No but booked in aswell

    I just read through all your all posts and I am also scared to go to tweedle. I am booked in for July 23rd for my newborn Olivia who is now 10 weeks. I also have a toddler (2 years old) who I had problems with but never really bothered as I had the time to sit there and settle her.
    Olivia can be really goo somedays and really badddddddddddddddddd other days. She goes of really well in the evening and may cry for alittle bit but not hysterically. But during the day she will cry until I pat her bottom. Which is fine except that she wakes up after a sleep cycle and its sooooooooooooooo hard to get her beck to sleep. Sometimes I manage but other times I just give up.
    I also really focus on getting her in bed when she's tired but I suppose babies get tired so quickly that I must miss it sometimes.
    I totoally understand how you are feeling as I felt the same way. I cried so much the 1st 6-7 weeks and really thought that I was going to go crazy. I actually have't put Olivia in her own room yet as It's just been easier to have her in my room and after the 1st or 2nd feed depending on the time I just put her in bed with me and hubby has been sleeping downstairs. One of us needs some sleep............ But this is going to change soon and I'm abit scared as I don't have to physically get up to feed her so it doesn't seems so bad but once she's in her own room I think it may affect me alot more...............
    My opinion is to go to the day stay and if you don't like it just leave. You may get something out of it and I suppose thats better than nothing.
    The only way I can settle Olivia at the moment is with the patting tech or putting her in the baby bjorn. That has been my blessing. I actually get to cook.
    The best advice I have had that has got me through is just do what you can cope with. For me it is sometimes easier to be out than stay at home as Olivia will sleep on in the baby bjorn and thats at least one sleep out of the way.......
    Hope I have hekped in some way..... You are not alone........

  9. #27

    Join Date
    Nov 2004


    Take any sleepschool as a guide only! They are great for learning tired signs and some settling techbut if you have a cranky baby who fights sleep chances are he will just have to grow out of it. i took my twin boys there when they where 7wko and had dramas with one of them till around 18months!

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