Ten months after Wesley was born, we finally took the plunge and bought him a crib.
(This is the manufacturer’s photo – our bedroom is less photogenic.)
Prior to this, he sometimes slept in his Arm’s Reach Cosleeper Crib, but mostly slept between us in our bed. It was getting to the point where his sleep was often disrupted by us coming to bed or rolling over, and my sleep was disrupted by tiny feet kicking me in the tummy and tiny hands grabbing at my shirt during the night and as much as I love co-sleeping, it was just starting to not work for us.
I am still a firm believer in co-sleeping for breastfed infants, especially early-on in the breastfeeding relationship when they are eating every couple of hours all night and getting up each time would mean psychosis-inducing sleep deprivation for all parties involved. I wanted to wait until Wesley was eating less often during the night to transition him out of our bed, but beyond that, I didn’t have a plan.
Now, it’s looking like part of the reason he eats so often at night (a good night is only 3x, it is often more like 5 or 6. The worst nights, it’s 8 – up every hour and a half all night) is because we are constantly disrupting each other’s sleep and the only way he’ll fall back asleep is nursing. I am hoping having him in his own sleeping quarters will help alleviate this mutual-waking-up.
I am curious how parents of crib-sleeping babies handle nighttime wakeups though – it seems so labor intensive to get up, fetch the crying baby from his crib, put him in our bed to nurse side-lying because I am lazy, nurse to sleep, get back up, and then deposit sleeping baby in his crib. (Case in point: last night, he came in for a feeding and I apparently fell asleep and never put him back in his crib. Dumb.)
Do most of you have chairs to nurse in, either in your bedroom or the nursery? I mean, most babies sleep in cribs, and not all babies sleep through the night, so somebody has to have experienced this before me and can tell me what they do. I am just afraid I will be so lazy about re-depositing him into his crib that we won’t get any use out of it. What’s your nighttime wakeup procedure?