Jennifer - posted on 03/28/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
I know I've created this problem myself, but if anyone has any suggestions, please help! My baby girl will be 6 months old tomorrow. Since she was born, I've held her all night and with a few exceptions, every night. The only times I haven't held her were some of her hospital stays (she's been in there 4 times) where I didn't have a safe place to hold her and sleep at the same time, and a couple weeks ago, when I had to go for a sleep study. I've enjoyed snuggling up with her and would not mind doing it for longer, but I can't. I just found out that my sleep study showed I have sleep apnea and my doctor needs me to go for another one to see if a CPAP machine will help me. The last time, I only had a couple days to get her ready, so I got her to sleep in her swing which she did a lot of times during the day anyway. This time, my study is about 3 weeks away, so I want to get her used to her crib. I don't really care if she sleeps through the night (which she doesn't now anyway) though that would be a wonderful bonus. She has slept through the night 3 times and that was when she was in her swing, so I know she could do it. The next night after my last study though she started screaming every time I put her in the swing, and won't go back, so it was back to me holding her. So far today, I've tried to get her to take her naps in there, but the second I lay her down, she is wide awake. I've tried patting her butt and rubbing her tummy, but she's too awake for that to work and she starts screaming. Normally, by now, she would be working on her 2nd nap of the day, and she hasn't even had 1 yet! I've also tried laying her down before she falls asleep, but no luck with that either. I can't and won't try crying it out. Even if I was willing to do it, she has reactive airway disease/possible asthma that I don't think is controlled by her current med (trying to get an appointment for her), and everytime she gets too upset, she starts coughing and can't stop. The coughing can be so bad, that she can't catch her breath. If anyone has anyother suggestions, please help! She is my 4th and final child, but I've never had to worry about this with any of my other ones.