Lullabies for little ones

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I loved to sing nursery rhymes and lullabies to Mimi when she was small. I think she liked me doing it as she used to smile and gurgle when I did.

I gave Mimi a dummy as she was a sucky baby. I never wanted to give my kids dummies, but when she woke at regular intervals in the middle of the night, it was either my nipple or a dummy that could get her back to sleep, and the dummy won.

When she was five months old Husband went away for three days to a conference. Being self-employed I was already back working a few days a week, but was generally managing fine.

That was, until Mimi started waking every 25 minutes wanting her dummy. She was in her own room by then and I stuck it out for two nights, getting up every 25 minutes between 2 and 5am, before being allowed to sleep until 7am.

On the third night, despite discussing with Husband that we’d take her dummy off her when he was back and we were both around to cope with the inevitable disruption, I couldn’t take it any more. When she woke crying, regular as clockwork at 2am I went in and sat on the floor in the dark and started to sing.

Her favourite was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, so that’s what I went with. And I sung it constantly for 45 minutes before our stubborn little princess finally fell back to sleep. I never had to do it again though, and despite it feeling like a major battle, it’s not a blip in our family history.

This post is dedicated to all parents who no longer have the luxury of having a little one to sing lullabies to. On Wednesday The Foundation for Sudden Infant Deaths (FSID) is changing its name to The Lullaby Trust.

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