Super late comment but I’m trying to decide what is best for me right now and it seems like my newborn will only sleep in the crib for like an hour at a time then is up for 2 hours cause it takes so long to soothe him to go back in the crib. I have a dock a tot and was thinking of using that to co sleep but do most people just put him right in the bed next to you? Just afraid my blanket will end up in his face or something. Also, if they’re in bed with you do you get out of bed to do a diaper change? My baby soils his diaper literally every time I breastfeed. I’m desperate to figure out what the best way to co sleep is cause I’m literally up ALL night right now!
I just found this thread to the chat so I’m replying just now to your post from a month ago.
I used the dock-a-tot as a co-sleeper when my daughter was a newborn. I put it right next to made sure my blanket was always under it so it wouldn’t ever cover her. With the diaper changes, they will sleep longer stretches if they aren’t awakened fully by a diaper change. What I did with my kids was put them into a diaper one size larger at night so that it minimized blow outs or leaks. Then I changed them first thing in the a.m. If they made a bm then I did change that in the middle of the night but if wet I left it alone until morning. My girls slept much longer doing this. Hope that helps!
I’m a first time mom and I had to have an emergency c-section. So after the first day of having the IV’s out, my son slept with me. I did not want him away from me(I was that first time mom, doesn’t want anyone near there baby) it wasn’t until he has over a month old that I was told I had to put him in his crib. I was so hard because I was use to the co-sleeping but little did I know that my son would sleep better in his own bed. It’s harder on mama than it is baby to stop the co-sleeping
After I finally gave in and put him in his own crib was super hard because he would cry and cry and cry. The advice I was given was a miracle but at the time I thought that I was being a bad mom doing it but I finally realized that I just have to let him cry he would learn to comfort himself (just let him cry if you have to turn the baby monitor off for 5-10 minutes to help you cope a little. Also I know its frowned upon by the pediatricians but if your baby can roll over and has good head control, i did two or three stuffed animals and a baby blanket, just do what you feel comfortable with doing, but by doing that it also helps with comforting themselves because they have something to do and they aren't "alone" that they have something friendly. Make sure the eyes aren't hard so they cant come off and choke the baby. After he learned to comfort himself I then began to put a little rice in his bottle at night to thicken it up a tiny bit, couldn't breast feed I barely had anything from the start. And pretty
How long did it take you to get your baby to sleep on their own
I bought a rocker for my baby. She loves how it hugs her and the motion keeps her asleep for the longest. I would also recommend co sleeping. My baby is two months old and sleeps best in the bed with me cradling her but be sure to prop your arm up with a pillow and only try if you are a light sleeper
With my son I got a crib- he hated it and we coslept. He’s had sleep issues since and comes in our room at night.
With Our daughter I put her in her crib when she outgrew the bassinet and she sleeps in her own room in her crib all night long. All I do is lay her down and tell her to lay down and go to sleep and she does. She’s also 15 months now. But always been a great sleeper. She hasn’t depended on me to sleep her entire life. It’s amazing :)
Our son sleeps in the bed with my husband and I. He has since day one. We have a crib but won’t use it until he is older. (We use it for naps). I thoroughly love having him in our bed because it makes nursing a breeze and I get to sleep. Lol Do what you feel comfortable with. My husband and I aren’t big drinkers and we don’t take medications and are light sleepers so it works for us. I know if we were ever feeling like we were “Drunk” we would put our son in his crib to be safe. It’s all about what will be doable and safe for you and baby. ☺️
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