Where does the baby sleep?
One of the top three questions I get asked as a new mom is – how does Itty Bitty sleep?
My response is the following:
…like a baby.
Translation: Itty Bitty doesn’t sleep at all well-thank-you-very-much. He has never slept well. Well, there was that one night when he slept for eight hours straight at two months old. But that is very much the exception as opposed to the rule when it comes to Itty Bitty. In fact, that night, Tall Dad and I didn’t sleep at all because we kept waking up out of fear that our tiny baby had stopped breathing. Yes, our paranoia and shock over his sleep filled night was so extreme that we thought our child was dead. Suffice it to say, however, we have not been blessed with another full night’s sleep like that since that stressful night. The sleep gods tease us with a bit of irony every night.
That being said, we have gone through an assortment of items in which to place our lovely non-sleeping cherub. Some have worked for us, and others were more or less a joke. Since that night, Itty Bitty has had the mantra that sleep is for the weak, and refuses to visit the sandman for any more than two hours at a time.
If your baby sleeps throughout the night, good for you. (Part of me seriously dislikes you because of my insane jealousy. But, seriously, good for you. The sleep gods like you.) If your child doesn’t sleep through the night, however, I promise that you’re not alone. But, you know that already right? We can smell our own kind. Trust me, I know. Between colic and teething, Tall Dad and I have had so little sleep that we could be sho-ins as zombie extras on The Walking Dead.
Baby cribs can be ginormous, and you may not end up using one for a super long time. Our gorgeous dark wood baby crib has currently acted as our baby jail. I place Itty Bitty inside of it when I need to use the ladies room. Eventually (hopefully sooner rather than later,) he will be sleeping inside of this crib.
Here are our favorite noncrib baby beds:
1. The Rock n Play: Our Itty Bitty hated sleeping on a flat surface for the first five weeks, so we went out and got the Fisher Price Rock n’ Play. Most moms that I know swear by it. In my case, I love it because it keeps the baby up in an angle, makes him feel cozy and secure, and it is super light. I would bring the Rock n’ Play into the bathroom while I showered so I could still speak to him, or I would pull it into the kitchen while I made dinner. It can go with you anywhere – is super light – and totally convenient. Oddly enough, this is one of Tall Dad’s overall top ten must haves too!
3. The Swing: Itty Bitty hates napping, but when he does, he prefers to be carried by me or in someone’s moving/bouncing arms. In light of this, we are now having him nap inside a baby swing. For the first four months he hated being in the swing, but now he takes 1-2 daily naps inside of it. He won’t be in the swing forever, but it has truly been a game changer for us. If you have a babe who wakes up outside of your arms, or just has mini twenty minute naps like mine did – try them in a swing! He now takes naps up to an hour and a half!
I remember using similar items like this for my first, especially the swing. What a help they were! My second is a whole 'nother story. He grew out of his bassinet at 10 weeks because he was rolling around crazy and actually slept better in his crib. I think because it was more stable. Now, he won't sleep in anything but the crib. So, if we go to my moms or travel with a pack n' play he won't have any of it. He wakes up every other hour. Let's hope the time change this weekend helps us moms more than hurts us!
Oh I feel for you, Mary, I had some tough sleepers myself and work with Itty Bitty's kind all the time! Check out my posts on 7 Sleep Tips for Babies and Toddlers! 🙂 Also, if you're not already, babywearing could give you some free arms while he sleeps close to you.
my kids loved the swing, warm bottle, clean pamper, & go to sleep little baby
The Rock and Play and Snugabunny swing are definitely in my Top 10 must haves too!
The Rock n Play was Addie's bed for 8 months!!! If you need a break, I am always close by… plus, time with (not-so) Itty Bitty would make my year!!!!!!!!!
very nice,thanks baby
My kids have always been good night sleepers but terrible nappers. The swing (and a long car ride) have been our savior on many an occasion 🙂
wow! relay informative post. Thank's for sharing. What a nice swing. So different than the swings when my kids were babies. They had a wind up handle and it would turn off when it unwound. Too funny!! click here: babychortle
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It is possible in addition to the bed the Rock n Play, buy a bed pack-n-play. It will be very convenient. The child in safe.
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