Since Drew was born we've been sharing a family bed. We did this for several reasons, and I don't regret it at all. It gave us all more and better sleep during those early weeks. However, now that he's staying asleep in bed (not all night, by any means!) but still being noisy and fidgety, I feel it's time for him to transition at least to his bassinet. Maybe at 3 or 4 months we'll move him to his crib across the house. I just feel that since he's not eating every 2 hours anymore at night that it's time for Mommy and Daddy to get some better sleep!
I don't know what I want to hear. That you've done it? That your child still loves you? How long it took for him/her to fall asleep on his/her own? Should I put him in his new bed and let him learn to CIO at the same time or do them separately? I've read several articles that suggest that co-sleeping babies don't sleep through the night as quickly as non co-sleeping babies. Reason being? If you had a piece of chocolate cake lying next to you all night, would you take a nibble even if you weren't hungry? That's their theory at least! I thought if I put his bassinet right next to our bed and maybe just put my hand in with him until he fell asleep (since he's used to lying right next to my entire body) that it might ease the transition. Heavens. I don't know!
Right now I'm trying to start putting him in his bassinet for naps and praying he doesn't pee everywhere, waking himself up. He's been asleep for almost an hour, but I hear him stirring around now!
Any advice for a new mom? I think if I let him cry it out, I'll cry with him!
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