With my first son I co-slept with him and most nights still do. Neal works midnights so I have never been bothered by him sleeping with us when he wants to, which is most nights – some he sleeps in his sleeping bag on the floor next to our bed and some in his bed. To be perfectly honest, I like snuggling with him. I don’t know how long it will last, but I will take all the snuggling time I can get since our kids grow up way too fast.
This time around with our second son, I have co-slept with him too. But this time I breastfed 6 months longer than with my first (3 months vs. 9 months), and co-sleeping made it much easier for night time feedings. Again I liked my snuggle time. However, in the past week Calvin has been a monster getting him too bed. He stands up at the head of our bed and jumps…rolls around…sits up…throws himself back…and so on… I just couldn’t stand it anymore, but he is a handful. So I decided to put him in his crib and let him fall asleep 5 nights ago. It has gone like this…
Night 1 – cried for about 20 mins – went in and comforted him once and fell asleep – slept through the night to 6 am! (First time he’s slept through the night!!!)
Night 2 – cried for about 45 mins – went in three times and comforted him even tried rocking him the second time – finally fell asleep – woke back up – finally fell back asleep – slept till 2 am and then came back in bed with me – I caved!
Night 3 – cried for about 20 mins (or so hubby says) and fell asleep – woke back up and cried for a few minutes – fell asleep and slept through the night.
Night 4 – cried for about 20 mins – went in and comforted him a few times (maybe 2) – fell asleep – slept till about 5 am and snuggle with me in bed.
Night 5 – cried for about 15 mins – fell asleep – woke up a few hours later – went in gave him his binky back rubbed his back and cover him up – now he’s sleeping again.
We’ll see how tonight goes. Right now CJ is in my bed so I have one snuggle buddy and the other is sleeping in his crib. I will tell you that I hate letting him cry – at least it’s not very long otherwise I would completely cave in and get him (like I did on Night 2 just a lot sooner). I really don’t mind having my boys with me because to be 100% honest, I like knowing they are safe with me – I actually sleep better. Now with Cal in his crib, I sleep lighter. Hopefully, I can get used to it. We’ll see how the next few nights go.
Have any other Moms experience anything like this? Also do you use a bumper in your crib? If so what kind the normal or breathable??