To wear ear plugs at night

(21 Posts)
icklekid Sat 16-May-15 06:41:19

Ds is 10 months old and generally a pretty good sleeper. He goes to bed at 6.30 and is awake for the day 5/5.30am. However the problem is that he wakes at 3/4am but literally cries out and goes back to sleep in minutes I however am not! It can take up to an hour or sometimes I don't go back to sleep. My dh has never woken by his crying even when he was in our room. I have turned the monitor off but I still wake whenever he stirs.

Wibu to use earplugs to try and prevent the 3am start to the day? Nightmare when working and means I'm falling asleep at 9pm! I'm sure I/dh would still wake/hear him when he wakes at 5 for the day as he cries when bored on his own. Help save my sanity!

Waffles80 Sat 16-May-15 09:58:09

Definitely wear earplugs. My twins do the same - I'm a really light sleeper and their sudden one off cries leave me wide awake.

I found most earplugs really uncomfortable though - try Boots own brand silicone ones which are squishy and mould to your earwig hour leaving any protruding parts.

Waffles80 Sat 16-May-15 09:58:26

Earwig = ear without

stopgap Sat 16-May-15 10:14:41

Definitely. I can't cope without my ear plugs and eye mask; they're a godsend.

JemimaPuddlePop Sat 16-May-15 10:18:07

Sorry I think yabu.

I don't think earplugs are a good idea with a baby/toddler. What if they cried in the night because they're Ill, vomited all over themselves etc...you might sleep through it.

bonzo77 Sat 16-May-15 10:24:54

I wear ear plugs for this reason. I still hear the children before DH and have known when I was really needed. My recommendation is the pink Noise-X brand ones.

Lorgy Sat 16-May-15 10:26:15

I do this, it helps block out the sound of her rolling about in the bed and snuffling but still hear if she calls or cries.

LemonYellowSun Sat 16-May-15 10:56:02

I always use earplugs. I wear motorcycle ones and buy online in bulk. It can take awhile to find ones that are comfortable for you though

Gruntfuttock Sat 16-May-15 11:03:01

I've worn earplugs every single night since I was 16 yrs old. (I had left home moved to London and lived on Gower Street in Bloomsbury which is busy day and night). You get so used to them that you can't sleep without them, so even though I now live somewhere very quiet indeed I still wear them at the ripe old age of 61! I use Muffles from Boots.

MissCalamity Sat 16-May-15 11:03:53

I have always worn earplugs & find I now struggle to sleep without them. DD has just turned 1 and is very noisy when she is murmuring in her sleep. I turn off the monitor & despite her room being two walls away from ours I can still bloody hear her!
I use the wax ones from Boots as the foam ones hurt my ears.

milkysmum Sat 16-May-15 11:06:41

I used to wear earplugs when mine were little for exactly the same reason. You would still hear them if the crying was loud but it helps you sleep through those other noises that some how dh's all manage to sleep throughwink

DontWorryBeHappyNow Sat 16-May-15 11:06:50

Arf at earwig hour!

Waffles80 Sat 16-May-15 11:25:06

Earwig hour = the hour you spend, with earplugs in, in the dead of the night straining your ears to work out if that strange sound is your baby, or a pigeon on the roof.

backtowork2015 Sat 16-May-15 19:31:30

I have the perfect compromise. I wear 1 earplug in my right ear, usually sleep on my left side or my back. so I don't get dusturbed by the odd yelp but I always hear anything that needs my attention

Libitina Sat 16-May-15 19:34:22

I can't breathe if I wear ear wigs plugs. Does that make me weird?

ConfusedInBath Sat 16-May-15 19:35:57

Could you put him down later than 6.30?

icklekid Sat 16-May-15 20:49:11

Thanks all glad I'm not being totally rediculous. confused I would happily put him down later except he is shattered and pretty miserable by then. A 5am start isn't my idea of perfection!

Waffles80 Sat 16-May-15 20:49:20

We tried that for ten days with our 11 month old earwigs twins. They were grumpier than ever when they woke, at five. I think they'll be up and ready for the day at five am forever. angry

LavenderRain Sat 16-May-15 20:54:04

I too wear one earplug. A bright Orange squishy pair or half a pair
Blocks out DH snoring a treat!

MehsMum Sat 16-May-15 21:17:29

YABU. I have worn earplugs for years (it began with neighbours dogs barking at midnight, than babies, then DH's snoring...)

I always found that if a baby or toddler was really upset and yelled for more than about a minute, I'd hear and wake up anyway, earplugs or no earplugs, but they let me sleep through grunting, turning over, odd little wails etc. They probably saved my sanity, and certainly saved the DC many, many hours of a tired and grumpy mother.

I can't breathe if I wear ear wigs plugs. Does that make me weird?
Yup!

backtowork2015 Sat 16-May-15 21:22:16

lavender rain, mine are bright orange too, do you also find they get better with age? I think the whole one ear plug thing came about through losing one half of an ancient pair which fit so snugly.

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