Transition to Crib: Night 2

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thank you for your supporting comments yesterday. It really was a terrible night on Sunday! We went over to Aaron's for dinner with him and Missy last night and Tony didn't even have to say much more than "Before I say anymore, I want to hear what you think about . . . " and we were agreed that there will not be another night like it.

So, last night I attempted to nurse him to sleep before placing him in the crib . . .
Nursing (check)
Asleep (check)
Detached from my body asleep in the crib? [FAIL]

Now that we actually have a mattress in the crib, we'll be able to work on laying Isaac down for naps and those nights when he falls asleep early. Previously, we either held him, laid him in the pack and play or even laid him on the floor. Hopefully peppering in naps in the crib will help!

I've been reading as many forums as I can on the topic. I took great encouragement re-reading my friend Erin's experience with her twin boys at 13 months. I mean if she can get through sleep training with twins, who am I to think I have it rough! On the flipside though, there are so many children who between 13-24 months decide that they are done with sleep sharing and either demand their crib or a toddler bed. It truly will happen eventually and a whole lot less traumatically. So, we'll continue to attempt to lay him down via nursing, rocking or other methods, but we will not have a spastic cry it out ferber attempt for the sake of all parties. I really am jealous of the willpower necessary to get through that first night, because I basically knew when we started that we wouldn't be successful. Isaac's just never been a good sleeper . . .

For the time being, it brought Tony and I no greater joy than to snuggle with our little man this morning.

9 comments:

Kristal said...

I'm glad you guys are finding something that works for you!

abby said...

Aww I'm sorry your first attempt at crib sleeping was so rough :( Only you know what is right for your family! If you do want to keep working on the transition, I agree that putting Isaac in the crib for naps or at other times is a great idea to get him used to it as a new space! Good luck :)

Ashley said...

I'm so sorry it was a hard night! :( I will say that Ferber, etc. is harder once the baby is older and has gotten used to a certain way of sleeping. (And like I've said before, we were never strictly religious CIO followers!! We took it in tiny, tiny increments.) I think it's a great way to start by napping in the crib--that's how Evy got started!

Jenifer said...

We put our little guy in the crib at 4 months and he did just fine. We never co-slept though he slept in a bassinet in our room. And I remember being anxious about it but he really did great. We started on a Friday that way we had the weekend to be exhausted and work it out a little. Just a thought. Good luck though!

Andrea said...

Leah, as a brand spankin' new mom I can't tell you how overwhelmed I am with all the advice out there. It seems everything baby related has two sides...and both sides feel STRONGLY about their view points. Right now I'm trying to do what works best for us and it sounds like that's exactly what you're doing with your family. There is no right or wrong way...just what works best for you.

And I'm sure you're right...eventually he WILL sleep in his own bed. No worries :)

Stephanie said...

Someone's probably already suggested this, but you may try laying a heating pad in his crib while you nurse him to warm it up before you place him in it. Then there won't be such a shock of cold mattress after warm mommy. Good luck!

Meredith said...

Oh yeah, the keeping them asleep when laying them in the crib is the big trick! Do you guys have any sort of music you play? For us, the Fisher Price Musical Seahorse works wonders. Maybe 7 times out of 10, she'll fall right back asleep when we turn it on as we're laying her in the crib.

Also, I would love to hear more about how you guys approach bed sharing. Do you have any of the "gear" (i.e. bedrails)?

AJ said...

Sorry it didn't work out as you hoped. But do what's right. :) Hugs to you!

Sarah Louise said...

I think putting him in his crib for nap time sounds like a great idea. Maybe it will allow you all to adjust a little easier- I'll be interested to know how everything works out for you guys! I can't even begin to imagine how difficult this is for all of you.

 

Blog Design by Nudge Media Design | Powered by Blogger