Were you ready? Did you miss them being in your room? Was it a relief? When to do it? How to do it?
These are all the questions that come along with this milestone. When it came to Parker, I was mostly ready (I mean, are you ever TRULY ready with your first baby??). She was such a light sleeper back then, that coming to bed after she was asleep was a silent nightmare. We moved her at 6.5 months, maybe closer to 7 due to traveling conflicts. I know we started with our usual complete bounce down and let her get used to being in her crib, and then progressively moved to sleep training. The first night was hard but I remember being completely ready.
This time around seems so different. I don’t know if it is because he may be my last baby or because he is younger, but I was not ready. I wasn’t ready for him to leave sleeping near me at night and I wasn’t ready to begin any form of sleep training. So, we decided to start off slowly but simply moving him into his crib in his own room. Now I can honestly say, moving him out of our room has been a welcome relief. We no longer have to worry about talking softly, making sure we have everything ready to go to sleep before getting him put down or not having any alone time. Although I will say night feeds are not as easy as when he was right next to my bed! When we transitioned Parker, she was no longer needing any night feeds. Rafe has been different though, no matter how many times I try to feed him during the day, he still wants 1-2 night/early morning feeds.
We are now getting ready for the actual sleep training portion. This I am not looking forward to, although I’m sure when it is all said and done, it will be relieving. I honestly fought this, I felt he was too young and he’s such a snuggler. He needs that touch type of reassurance. However, he just isn’t sleeping well. It takes so long to get him down at night most nights and his naps are so incredibly short. I’m hoping that sleep training will help him. It’s so different to have a baby that doesn’t know how to self soothe. Parker was a thumb sucker, so she had an easy time soothing. Rafe doesn’t suck his thumb and only partially takes a pacifier. I have tried every pacifier I can find, but he will only take it if we are holding it in for him or unless he is out cold. So, he does soothe on it but cannot keep it in long enough on his own to fall asleep.
Due to these things, I know sleep training is going to be difficult for us all. I mostly pray that it doesn’t affect Parker’s sleep, since I know it will affect ours for a few days. I will keep you all updated on how the full-on sleep training goes as we will be beginning this weekend. Positive thoughts and lots of prayers!
Some things that have helped us so far along this sleep journey are linked below, I hope they help you as much as they helped us!
Swaddles and Sleep Sacks:
Teething and Pain: