Thursday, December 13, 2012

HOW I GOT MY KID TO SLEEP IN HIS CRIB

{Is he not the most beautiful baby EVER?!}

[Let me start this by staying that I would give something crazy, like my right arm, if I could get Cooper to sleep good at night.]

Since Cooper was born he has been held.
Held for naps, held while we sit on the couch, held in my arms at night.
Held... all the darn time.  
I'd even go as far as to say that if it was safe and legal, he would be held in the car too.
But it's not, so we don't. Obviously.

I wouldn't trade any of those sweet naps in my arms for anything, they truly mean the world to me.
I love feeling the weight of Coopers body in my arms, on my chest, it is the best feeling ever.
I've learned though, that good sleep is key and the way we were doing things just wasn't cutting it.
We had to start utilizing our crib.

I knew that I didn't want to do the Cry It Out Method.  I had fully intended to learn and try the No Cry Sleep Solution Method and even ordered the book (but then I got sent the wrong book and emailed them and they never sent me the book I payed for).  
Since the book never came and we were getting more tired by the day I read what I could online and then just went with it.

How we do it:

I look for the first cues that Cooper is tired (rubbing eyes, yawning, etc.) and we immediately go to his room, shut the blinds, turn on his sound machine and sit in the rocking chair.
If it is time for him to eat I nurse and sing to him.
If he isn't hungry we rock and sing.
Once he is in a very sleepy state (or sometimes already asleep) I lay him in his crib.

The first day was really tough.  
I would lay him down, he would cry, I would pick him up and soothe him, lay him back down, he would cry... over and over again.
But then right when I thought I was going to lose my mind he happened to stay asleep when I laid him down.
And now he does.  He stays asleep.  
Sometimes his nap is 1.5 hours and sometimes it's 30 minutes but we're learning and going with it.

[READ: How do I get my baby to sleep good at night?]

Signed,

Zombie mom who can now wash her dishes

4 comments:

  1. i know it's a big no no for some moms but we did the cry it out method. thankfully he cried only for a short while for 3 nights and haven't looked back since. I think it's one of those things that eventually happen. my son used to take naps in my arms till he was 6 months old! sound machine really well with my son t00. hopefully he keeps sleeping in his crib and gets some good sleep!

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  2. I'm not a Mom so obviously I have no advice, but I sure do admire those of you who deal with minimal sleep on a daily basis and still have time to blog/shower/eat/don't just fall apart.

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  3. You go Mama! Yay for getting Coop to sleep in his crib :) Hoping you both can get some good nights worth of sleep soon!

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  4. I dread the day he doesn't sleep in the same room as us, but i know i will appreciate it after the first night lol.

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