As a first time mom I was never comfortable with co-sleeping.
We knew we always wanted our baby to sleep in his crib but we lived in a tiny one bedroom 600 square foot apartment! So we weren’t sure we could really use the cry it out method.
We had Xavier sleeping in his crib (in our living room) by three weeks old! But, for the first four months I woke up to feed him almost every three to four hours.
The best thing we did was having a routine! Every night we would either give him a bath or lightly play with him for a half hour, then we would feed him a night bottle and rock him while lullaby’s played for a half hour. (See my previous blog for my five best sleep must haves!)
All this time he would be AWAKE! We tried to never rock him or feed him asleep!
Until he was rolling we would actually watch tv while he was falling asleep in bed! I know, I know.
We would always put him to bed at 7, swaddled and awake! The key is awake! I know it’s so amazing to watch your baby sleep while you rock them or nurse then, but the more they get used to it, the more they expect it!
If you nurse a baby to sleep every night, that’s how they will want to be put to sleep! Same with rocking!
We love cuddle with our baby and we love him napping on us and with us but we knew if we wanted to maintain a good marriage with alone time, our baby would need to sleep in his own crib!
It was hard and we for sure had some “cry it out” nights and naps but at 8 months old he is the BEST sleeper! We almost always put him to bed awake and he almost never fusses!
While we do sometimes wish he napped better with us, I wouldn’t trade his amazing bed time routine for anything!
I truly think the mix between the routine, putting him to bed awake, and letting him occasionally cry it out, made him such an amazing sleeper!
I know every kid is different so this method may not work perfect for everyone, but after just a week of this routine, he started sleeping up to 8 hour stretches!
There are so many sleeping methods out there! What did you do that helped your baby sleep the best?
We plan on having more kids so I’d LOVE to hear some other things I could try in time!