Tuesday, September 20, 2011
THOUGHTS ON BABY SLEEP
Posted by marisa
We've been co-sleeping with Forest since he was born. We were using one of those modernized co-sleeper beds that attach to the side of our grown-up bed when he was an itty-bitty. But many nights he would fuss in this little bed and want to come into our bed or stay in our bed after nursing. So, we got into this habit. Now he is too big for his little bed as he can crawl out of it. So he's been exclusively sleeping in bed with us. We've been trying to transition him into his crib into his own room which has been such a challenge! Lately we lay him down to sleep in his crib and depending on his mood, the light or the weather or whatever other excuse, he either falls to sleep after some guitar playing by his daddy, xylophone playing by his mommy or just sits up and cries and will not no matter what sleep in his crib. There have been a handful of times where he's stayed in there for hours but usually not.
I am stuck, I do not know what to do. I was into the idea of co-sleeping because it made sense to me that a baby would want to sleep close to his/her parents and not want to be alone in a cold, dark room. But now I kinda want him to want the latter. I'm kinda tired of sharing our bed. Mainly because our little baby is a big bed hog. He pushes me to the edge where I'm so close to falling off the bed, and then when he's falling asleep and/or waking up he kicks, he hits, he pulls my hair, etc. Sleepytime is no longer enjoyable. We have a queen size bed, mind you. Now I see the appeal of a king.
How are we going to get him to like his crib? I don't know what to do. I really don't want to co-sleep for much longer. I mean it's sweet and all to cuddle with your baby. But I'm ready to have our bed back.
at 6:21 PM