Fuzz is officially six months old. He is avidly rolling around and a few days ago he nearly rolled off the bed. I realized it’s time to put him in the crib, at least for the early part of the night while we’re not in the bed, too. I was a little stressed about how he would go down in there since EVERY time I put him in the crib he starts to cry. Also, as per usual, he’s sick with a really nasty cough which has been waking him up.
I decided I was going to get him all ready like normal and nurse him sitting up instead of lying down. Then, put him in the crib asleep or awake. If awake, then let him cry for 10 minutes maximum, unless his cough started to interfere. I told myself if he started coughing a ton, I’d pick him up and figure out a Plan B. I didn’t really have a Plan B, though, so I was kinda banking on this working.
He started crying almost right away. T went into the room and did his little butt-patt trick to get Fuzz to sleep, while Shnook and I played “Back and Forth” (a.k.a. “Catch”) with the soft ball. By the time my little timer went off for 10 minutes, he was asleep. An hour and a half later, he woke up. T was busy falling asleep with Shnook, so I was on my own. I picked him up and attempted a quick nurse back to sleep. He seemed a bit too rambunctious to go right back down. I put him back in the crib anyway where he began to kvetch on his belly. I initiated my own pat-pat-pat, in conjunction with the rain sound on the Sleep Sheep. After a few minutes he went back down, but then he woke up an hour later. At that point I just took him into bed with me, where he proceeded to wake up to nurse every 1-2 hours.
This is pretty much how it’s been with him for the last few nights. I’m trying to get him used to the crib, at least for naps and in the beginning of the night when I have tons of work to do.
He seems pretty far away from sleeping through the night, if you ask me. I can’t pinpoint it to anything specific, because he wakes up when he’s alone in the crib and he wakes up when he’s in the bed with me. So, I’m not sure where to take it from here. He basically wakes up every 1-2 hours no matter where he is. Some nights, I feel that if he’s going to wake up anyway, I’d rather have him in the bed with me because then I can get back to bed easier after nursing instead of having to get up, nurse, rock, put down, get back to bed, etc. But other nights, he wakes up to nurse SO often that it drives me insane and I have to leave the room. I know he’s not hungry every one of these times, but he’ll just comfort suck for a couple of minutes and he’ll go back to sleep. Sometimes I wish I could be more consistent, but what I really wish is that HE would be more consistent. Well, what I REALLY wish, is that he’d sleep better. Speaking of which, there he goes…
So, why do you think the Fuzz won’t sleep longer than an hour and a half at a time? And what can I do about it?