I need a fool proof, loud, alarm clock
I bought my current alarm clock for my first apartment when I was 17. It has been pretty hit and miss over the last year- the buzz alarm works, but not always the radio/CD alarm. Which was not an issue since I always woke up in the morning even without an alarm. And now the buzzer on this alarm is not enough to wake me when I am super tired either.
Now I have a baby who needs to be woken up in the middle of the night to eat. I am concerned that if I let him sleep through all the time (which he will do- sleep about 7 hours at least, that is as long as I have accidentally stayed asleep), my milk supply will take a hit and we will lose the gains we have made on him gaining weight. He was born at 36 weeks and left the hospital at 6 pounds 2 ounces and is now 7 pounds 3 ounces, most of that in the last 2 and 1/2 weeks- it took him awhile to start gaining. As such I try to feed him no less than every 3ish hours at night and we feed on cue during the day, about every 1.5-2.5 hours. He is pretty much asleep unless we wake him from 10PM till 6 AM. Since he does not wake up to eat, I need to set a:
LOUD Alarm to rouse me because with a new baby to care for, it's not like if not otherwise disturbed I am going to pop out of bed every 3 hours magically. Or since the tiniest baby noise wakes me maybe one that sounds like Finn sneezing, LOL.
Any suggestions? We want one that plays CDs and has a radio but also has a LOUD, un-ignorable buzzer. The company that made mine is no longer making them.
Also, do moms of smaller, slower gaining infants have any ideas on when I should not worry about letting him sleep 4, 5 or 6 hours?
ETA: I was using my photo timer, which is super loud but that only goes for 60 minutes. And waking myself up every 60 minutes seems counter to the best interests of my health. And Finn won't/can't/should not wake up every hour for food. I have only messed up a few times and slept for more than 3.5 hours but my alarm is very hit or miss, so I need a new one.
Last edited by kijip; 02-01-2009 at 04:47 PM.
Katie, mama to a pair of boys one little and one not so little.
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