HGTV’s Christina Anstead Begs for Nap Tips on Social Media For Her 4-Month-Old

HGTV’s Christina Anstead and her husband Ant recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary. The couple welcomed heir first child – son Hudson – together in September, bringing the newborn into their blended family of now five kids.

The reality star has previously shared her challenges with her infant son and his aversion to sleep. Now Anstead is taking to social media in the hopes that her followers can provide her with some much-needed advice on naps.

HGTV’s Christina Anstead | Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Growing family

Baby Hudson was born on September 6 last year. “Ant and I are so excited to welcome Hudson London Anstead into the world,” she announced on Instagram after his birth, alongside a pic of her holding her newborn with her husband looking on. “Our hearts are SO full of love and joy! 💙 Our healthy baby boy was born this morning- 9/6/19 – 7 lbs 7 oz 19.5 inches long.”

Anstead shares custody of daughter Taylor, 9, and son Brayden, 4, with ex-husband Tarek El Moussa. Ant also has two children from a previous marriage: Amelie, 16 this month, and Archie, 13. Tying the knot in December 2018, the couple previously revealed that their blended family already has a special bond. “The kids are such different ages, but they get along so well,” Anstead told Entertainment Tonight

Outnumbered

In October, Anstead posted an a revealing glimpse of life with multiple children on Instagram, choosing to show authenticity rather than Photoshopped perfection. “Newborn life is hard. It’s not all instagram filters of perfection that people put out there. F that,” she wrote. “That’s so misleading for new moms. I haven’t been online or posting much because my hands are full – literally. Hudson is definitely a tough baby.”

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I was dropping Tay off at school this morning with a screaming Hudson in the car (and I looked like a hot mess which is the norm the past 6 weeks) when she said something that really hit home. She said mom, do paparazzi still follow you around. And I said no not lately. Why? She said well what if they got a photo of you looking like THAT I’m like I wouldn’t care, that’s the least of my worries … this is how I look and I’m still out and about, this is how new moms look. And she sort of pondered that and said she wants three kids and I have to live with her so I can watch them. Well glad these past 6 weeks haven’t scared her off from babies lol. Newborn life is hard. It’s not all instagram filters of perfection that people put out there. F that. That’s so misleading for new moms. I haven’t been online or posting much because my hands are full – literally. Huds is definitely a tough baby. He will sometimes cry for hours straight. We have had trouble with sucking (checked for tongue tie / lip tie) those were fine. Cut out dairy, tried colic calm, he doesn’t spit up so prob not reflex. What works is him tightly double swaddled in a dark cool room with very loud white noise…. Hudson’s choice of spending his time is very unrealistic when we have a crazy 4 year old running around who definitely needs attention as well as a 9 year old girl who one-on-one time is her love language. I say this with mad props to all stay at home moms / moms with more than 2 kids . Being outnumbered is no joke. I go back to work in 2 weeks so it’s about to get even more crazy around here. I’m lucky because one of my best friends, Shannon @pinkdustcosmetics , is a new mom too and she does my hair and makeup at home before work and we get to have a one hour therapy/vent session, and I know this is a luxury. So when you see me looking decent on tv know that I probably had a freaking crazy morning and it is what it is. I’m lucky because I do love my job and I’m excited to start some new episodes of #christinaonthecoast Sorry for the long post- Wish us all luck. It takes a village lol.

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The HGTV star gave some raw details of her day as a mom of a colicky infant, which probably sounded very familiar to mothers in the same position of dealing with a fussy baby. “He will sometimes cry for hours straight,” Anstead wrote. “We have had trouble with sucking (checked for tongue tie / lip tie) those were fine. Cut out dairy, tried colic calm, he doesn’t spit up so prob not reflex. What works is him tightly double swaddled in a dark cool room with very loud white noise.”

Referencing the number of children she now has in tow, Anstead commented on the challenges of balancing her older children and their schedule while tending to their baby brother, giving a shout out to fellow moms of many. “Hudson’s choice of spending his time is very unrealistic when we have a crazy 4 year old running around who definitely needs attention as well as a 9 year old girl who one-on-one time is her love language,” she shared. “I say this with mad props to all stay at home moms / moms with more than 2 kids. Being outnumbered is no joke.”

‘Still adjusting’

The Flip or Flop host recently shared her continuing struggles on Instagram, asking her followers for any possible tips on getting Hudson to nap.

“16 weeks post baby and still adjusting over here… does anyone else have a baby who doesn’t like to nap?” she asked, including some tactics she’s already tried. “We have the room blacked out, white noise machine, soft pajamas and a swaddle and he still has such a hard time going down.”

The reality star also described her almost 4-month-old’s sleeping preference, and the challenge it brings. “He only likes to sleep on me- which is sweet and wonderful on occasion – except I have other kids and a million things to do … and he woke up like 5 times last night so I feel like I got hit by a train today,” she expressed. “Luckily @ant_anstead took the big kids on an adventure so I can stay in my pajamas all day 😴. #momlife

Anstead’s transparency on the demands of motherhood are sure to resonate with her massive fan base of 1.2 million followers. The Christina on the Coast star will most likely receive an onslaught of solid advice from a strong mom network!