Mary Renee - posted on 06/10/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )
I had no intention of co-sleeping (in fact, my 5 week old's basinett is still sitting pretty right next to our bed) However, it just sort of started to happen around two weeks (the first two weeks she slept and napped in her basinett easily) She must have hit a growth spurt because she wanted to nurse CONSTANTLY and it was pretty hard on me, breast feeding her ever hour to and hour and a half for 45 minutes to an hour and then she'd want to feed again!
We were concerned that she was on my breast so much that she wasn't getting enough sleep, but she wouldn't sleep for more then ten minutes anyway except for with me! I gave in just because I wanted us BOTH to get sleep.
If she sleeps in the bed with us, she can sleep for up to 4 hours. If she takes a nap in my arms or with me next to her she'll nap for hours. But if she's in the bouncer, the swing, or her basinett she wakes within ten or fifteen minutes (this is after we've rocked her and sung her to sleep and waited a good while to make sure she was really sleeping). And we'll let her stay and watch her on the monitor to see if she falls back asleep on her own and she won't, she screams her head off. But if she's next so us and wakes up she sees us and then goes right back to sleep.
Right now it's convienient enough having her sleep with me but I don't want this to last forever. Also it's difficult that she doesn't nap with out me holding her. Any suggestions on when I should start trying to break her out of this habit and also... HOW I should start?
p.s. the one exception is that she'll sleep in her stroller for a forty five minutes to an hour if she falls asleep while she's on a walk. The only thing is that she's so young her head usually flops to the side and it makes me concerned for her neck to have her sleep in there for too long.
p.p.s. if you couldn't tell, this is my first!