I think we have reached a milestone that I was dreading. Not dreading in a bad way, but dreading because it means my baby girl is getting big and growing up!! And that is.. moving into her big cot in her OWN room!
Okay, so little background of Maddison’s sleep pattern.. and I feel we have had quite a journey. From about 5/6 weeks old, till about 4 months, she would sleep a glorious and ridiculously satisfying 8-10 hours at night! (Click here to read about our bedtime routine). This then changed at about 17 weeks old, when we hit the dreaded 4th leap – which for us personally was the worst! I barely noticed any of the other leaps, but this one was draining! Maddison started to wake anywhere between 2-4 times a night, which I know isn’t horrendous, I know there are some mama’s that have babies who refuse to sleep at all! But it was definitely a shock to the system for me! After that, it had calmed down to waking only once in the night (minus the week when Maddie had an ear infection – that wasn’t fun at all!) which is fine! Once in the night is still good, she’ll sleep about 6 hours, wake for a feed then sleep another 2-3 hours, so I’m still grateful for that!!
This past week though, Maddison’s woken up for the feed like normal, then absolutely refuses, despite how ever much I try, to go back to sleep in her crib. She will only sleep in our bed. She tries to settle bless her, but just lets off this squeaky cry! But as soon as I pull her next to me in our bed, she’s fine! It’s like she wants to sleep, but just isn’t comfortable in her crib!?! Co-sleeping is something that I never really imaged doing much, but when you are so desperate to get back to sleep.. you’ll do anything!! So not only is Maddison preferring to sleep in our bed at night, but she always seems to have the BEST and longest naps on our bed too! (Which is great for me so I can actually get some housework done haha!) But it got me thinking.. maybe she’s enjoying having the space?
Up until this point, Maddison has been sleeping in a crib next to my side of the bed in our room. It was actually my cot I had when I was a baby – so special! But I have noticed her head and feet getting closer and closer to the ends.. she never looks squished, but she does tend to spread out and sleep like a starfish haha! So with her ever growing long limbs, maybe she just needs that bit more space now?
The problem that I’m having is, I want to give her more room, but don’t feel ready to let her sleep in her own room yet! Unfortunately, we live in quite a little house, and there is just no room for her big cot in our room with us, so that’s not an option!
Do I just need to relax and give it a try? Is this just one of the many times I’ll have to learn to let it go as a mummy? I’m not being clingy am I? At the end of the day, obviously I want what’s best and most comfortable for her (plus I’d love to have a good nights sleep myself again haha!) I guess the worry is not hearing her wake in the night before it turns into proper hysterical cry and needs me for whatever reason, also I find it so relaxing hearing her squeaky dream snores! But I think that’s normal and what every mum goes through, right?
So I’ve come up with a plan to try and meet in the middle! A transition point I guess…
The other weekend, I went to stay at my mum’s house. Rather than taking the crib with me, we bought a travel cot for Maddison to sleep in. Which seems huge compared to her crib, but still not quite as big as her cot! And Maddie actually slept really well in it! So the plan is, to set that up by our bed in our bedroom (which JUST about fits!) so she’ll have more space to sleep, but still be next to me. I think that’s a good meet in the middle point for now!
IF that goes smoothly, I will then just suck it up and take the proper plunge of putting her in her own room, maybe in the new year once she’s just turned 6 months!
Will keep you posted on how it goes, but hopefully that’s the answer to our sleep woes right now! Can’t believe how fast she is growing!!
How did you cope with baby going into their own room? Did you try a transition like I’m trying? Any tips or advice? I’d love to hear as always! Lots of love Bethany x
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