Sleeping in the Crib [Sort of]

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Guess who slept in his own bed? Well sort of. If you count 4 restless hours as a “night of sleep”.

The last few weeks, Tate’s sleep schedule has been crazy. He has been restless and fussy through the second half of the night, every night. He is still great for the first 6 hours or so, meaning with an 8:00 bed time he starts fidgeting at 2:00 — just as I am settling in to a deep slumber. He wakes and eats almost constantly from that point on.

I started to wonder if maybe sharing our room is disruptive to him. Our late night movements and conversations have to be affecting him on some level. Not too mention that once we are co-sleeping we all share the same bed. It took me 2 years to get used to how much the bed moves when my husband gets unsettled and rolls over, and maybe it is waking Tate up.

Last night we gave his crib a test run. It was horrific. He woke up at midnight, at which point I had not even really gone to sleep. I got up to nurse him and put him back in the crib when I was done. He was up again at 1:30, and this time he was cranky. He wasn’t the least bit interested in side laying to nurse (which is happening a lot more often lately), instead he wanted to be held; preferably in a standing or at the very least an upright sitting position. On nights like this, I end up making my way to the couch for the rest of the night because I feel guilty for keeping my husband up.

Needless to say, I am exhausted. I am running on night after night of poor sleep. It makes me miss those early days, when Tate was rarely up before 5:00 – I had no idea how good I had it.

We are going to give it another go tomorrow, I will let you know how it goes! Any tips to share on transitioning the baby into their crib?

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