Before Eli was born I had a very clear idea of what my child’s sleeping habits would be like. When he was first born, he would sleep in the basinet beside our bed. He would stay there until 6 months, when we would effortlessly transition him to the crib in his room. I can laugh at this now because truly, I had no idea what I was in for. First we had to switch from a bassinet to an inclined sleeper due to reflux, then we finally got him into the crib at 6 months and then a series of 3 ear infections, a sinus infection and a brain injury pulled him out over and over again.
Every time we tried to re-crib train Eli, he screamed in a way that was very unlike him. I don’t like doing cry it out (there’s nothing wrong with it, it just doesn’t jive with my parenting style), but we tried it again and again because we felt he needed to sleep in the crib. Even on the nights where he did go to sleep without much crying, he was always awake a few hours later screaming again. I can handle some crying at bedtime, but I can’t do it all night long. My baby is not really much of a crier and it just got to be too much.
And so we decided to try a floor bed. We heavily baby proofed his room (another post coming soon), put his mattress on the floor and gave it a whirl. It’s been a week and he has been sleeping better than ever. And though our initial goal was just to get Eli to sleep not in his Rock n Play, I’ve found several other reasons why I’m really happy we skipped the crib, and very well may skip it all together with our next baby.
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Why did you choose to use or not use a crib?