co-sleeping and naps

Amanda - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 6 month old and she has slept in bed with me her whole life. we didnt have a crib at first then it just became easier to leave her in bed with me. now sometimes if i put her in her crib to take a nap she will stay asleep but not everytime but if i lay her in a bad she stays asleep fine, at night she will stay in her crib about 30 minutes then wake up. i know when my husband gets home he will enjoys having the bed back to just us but especially since we are all in the same room its hard to let her cry herself to sleep (plus i dont like her to cry) we dont sleep well at night with her in bed but she doesnt sleep in her crib (atleast most the time) any advice?

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Christi - posted on 02/22/2010

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i am in the same boat you are hun. we tried bedtime baths with calming soaps and lotions, warm bottles with cereal, rocking, reading, singing, baby einstein and even letting him cry it out. i know it is hard, but you might try it. it didn't work with my son, he would scream for hours and i mean HOURS on end without any consaltion. he is now 14 months and still sleeping with us. we are going to talk to his doctor so that we can figure something out asap.

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2010

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I co-slept with my now 15 month old son from the start, at around 7 months I started putting him in a toddler bed one side up against the wall and the other against my bed so he could crawl over in to mine if he needed to in the night, also Dressing him warmer then I did normaly helped too, also because he was able to crawl and roll I put a thicker blanket under his sheet so that the matteress felt softer like my bed. it has worked so far for me and he only gets in bed with me inthe early morrning, I plan to move him to his own room when he is 2.

Lisa - posted on 02/21/2010

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The only advice I can give, is let her cry. If you know for sure that she has a clean fresh diaper, has been fed, and is ok.. leave her in there. I know it's hard to let them cry, but after a few days, they will learn. It sounds like she is leaning that she has to be next to you to fall asleep, which is not good.. She has to learn to get herself back to sleep if she wakes up in the middle of the night. It will be hard, like I said, for a few days, but it will be well worth it. I had to do it with 2 out of 3 of my children, and take it from me..... It's a lot easier on you if you do it now while she's small! The older she gets, the harder it will be.

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