Amy - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
Ok, so my son is 21 months, sleeps in a crib, and has been in his own room for a year and a half. He sleeps for about 13 hours every night). I had another son in February - he's almost 10 weeks now. He sleeps in a bassinet in the bathroom off of our room (I know it sounds weird, but it's only a 1/2 bath and we don't use it ever...it's just quiet and close to my bed). He sleeps for a 7-8 hour stretch, with a 3 hour stretch before and after it. We have a small house with 3 bedrooms, and we use our guest room very frequently, so the boys have to share a room. It's not really up for debate, sadly. I know it can be done, I just need some tips! My older son is an incredibly light sleeper, so that puts a lovely kink in the works! What I've been doing for the last couple of weeks is this: I put Noah (older son) down to sleep around 8:00. I feed Greyson (newborn) after I lay Noah down, then put him in his bassinet about 8:30. Around 11:00 or 11:30, I wake him up to feed him, then lay him down in his crib in his and Noah's room. When he's in the bassinet in our bathroom, he'll sleep for 7-8 hours, but in the crib, he's only sleeping 5. So he'll wake up around 4:30AM, and I'll feed him and put him back in his bassinet, and he'll sleep until about 7:30, then I'll feed him and put him back in his bassinet, and I'll wake him up around 10:00 for the day. Noah wakes up around 9:00. I haven't put Greyson back in his crib after the 4:30 feeding because I know he'll wake Noah up at 7:30-ish since Noah's such a light sleeper. In the middle of the night if Greyson wakes up, it only wakes Noah up sometimes, and he goes right back to sleep since it's not morning yet. I'm just afraid if he wakes up at 7:30, he won't go back to sleep, and he'll be losing out on at least an hour and a half of sleep (although sometimes he sleeps until 9:30 or 10:00, so it could be more sleep he's missing!).
SOOO I suppose, my questions is this: has anyone done it successfully, and if so, what works and what doesn't? Should I just sort of stick them in there and let them figure it out? I just don't know how to go about it! Please help!