Standing Is Better Than Sleeping

Why would I sleep when I can stand?

Cullen has discovered the joys of standing in his crib.  Of course, his dad and I are thrilled that he’s reaching milestones and is able to do more and more each day.  But his latest skill – the crib climbing – is resulting in a lot less sleep around here.  How do you convince a baby the sleeping is more fun than standing?

We have reached a point where he has to be pretty much completely asleep in order for him to stay asleep when transferred to his crib.  If I try to put him in there even slightly awake, his eyes pop open the minute he hits the mattress, and within seconds he is scrambling and climbing his way to the top.

He’s also teething – the top two are coming in right now – so when he gets onto his feet he stands and chomps on the top rail as hard as he can (note to self: order teething rails!).  I’d really like to get to a point where he can get himself down for naps (rather than being rocked to sleep), but I find it hard to believe he is every going to actively crawl down from standing and go back to sleep.  Any moms out there have some tricks?

I know this is just a new phase and a new milestone, and something he’ll probably grow out of or get used to quickly.  But in the meantime, it’s tough having a cranky boy who doesn’t want to take his much-needed naps.  That said, there is nothing cuter than walking into his room after a (very short) nap and seeing him standing there beaming with pride.  His goofy gummy smile makes it hard to be frustrated for very long!

Article Posted 4 years Ago

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