I’ve been blessed with a really great sleeper. Even at a few weeks old, Avery was sleeping in stretches of four to five hours at night. At the hospital she was doing great sleeping in her bassinet. The nurses would perfectly swaddle her in ways that I swear only they know how, lay her right down and she would quickly fall asleep for hours.
Once we got her home, she slept the first couple of nights in her bassinet in our room. After that, she started to refuse it. The second I would lay her down in it, she would wake up. During the day, I didn’t think of it as such a big deal and set her in her swing to sleep while I sat and worked. It is making our night time routine a bit rough.
I’ve tried to wait a little bit to lie her down after a feeding when she is in a good deep sleep, but that doesn’t seem to work either. The only way she will sleep at night is if she is lying on her back on top of me. It’s not the most comfortable position for me, but after nine months of sleeping on my back during pregnancy, I’ve become used to it. And as most new moms know, I will do just about anything in the middle of the night to get a good night’s sleep.
I’ve heard from some sleep experts that it doesn’t matter where they sleep for the first few months because they aren’t capable of remembering it later when we begin to sleep train. Although it might not matter now, I still want to her to be capable of sleeping in her own bed.
She has slept next to me in our bed before and did just fine, but co-sleeping makes me incredibly nervous (I’m always afraid I will roll on top of her.) The bassinet we have attaches to our bed, so it allows for her to still be close and safe. But since she doesn’t like it, it’s just taking up space in our room.
I’ve tried to swaddle her in a blanket that has my scent so that she might associate that with being close to be, but it hasn’t worked. I’ve even tried to put my hand on her stomach when she is sleeping so that she thinks I am close and that didn’t work either.
So for right now, my chest is where she will sleep until I can get her used to her own bed.
Any suggestions or tips/tricks to help her get used to it?
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