because my son is some kind of suicidal baby hell bent on trying to fling himself off of any high ledge he finds, plus the added crawling bonus, ben and i have no choice but to attempt to condition vincent to sleep in a crib. obviously i’ve been waffling back and forth about this since he was a small baby, because even though i hated bed sharing in the beginning, it really has grown on me. i love baby cuddles, they relax me now instead of stress me out as they did when he was small. i’m comfortable with him now and i’m not as scared of killing him or breaking him as i was when i first had him. but since our bed is not right on the ground (we sleep on box springs and mattress on the ground, no frame, but its still high enough to hurt) we must take steps to contain him when we cannot be in the bed with him. since the idea of going to bed at 7pm is not an option, we decided to put the side on his crib, which sits right next to our bed, and start the process of putting him in the crib so we can have some time alone.
the first night was awful, i honestly did not know where to begin. i nursed him as i usually do before bed, then instead of snuggling up to him till he fell asleep, i snuggled a bit and waited for the drowsy signal then gently placed him in the crib. instantly he was awake, which was ok, he needed to get used to this new bed of his. i let him roll around and fuss and he bonked his head a few times. not wanting him to hurt himself, i dug out the crib bumpers from the crib sheet set i got as a gift from my uncle. tied them around the edge of the crib, and then listened to vincent make horrified cries as he realized he could not see me.
ok so that was a bad idea. i kept popping my head up over the crib to remind him that i was sitting right next to him, but he was inconsolable. after a few hours, and a headache, i gave up, pulled him out of the crib and into the bed, and he fell asleep. he didn’t wake up that night so thankfully there were no sailing off the bed episodes.
a friend of mine on facebook recommended i start out with naps first then move to the overnight part.. that way he could get used to the crib and it wouldn’t be an all night battle. so yesterday i employed that theory. when first nap rolled around, i snuggled and nursed him then laid him in the crib. he rolled around and whined while i removed the crib bumper from the side of the crib that faces the bed. now he could see me sitting on the bed. he was still upset that he was confined but it was not the terrified screams i heard last night. just fussy grumpy baby noises. he curled up in a corner and kicked at the crib slats, i rubbed his leg and he fell asleep. he slept for a whole hour! unfortunately i only got to test one nap that day because we went with ben to his doctor’s appointment and second nap was had in the truck on the way home.
before bed we placed him in the crib again. i let him roll around and fuss for a couple of hours and then let him back into the bed. i’m going to slowly do more and more crib time at night and try to do all naps in the crib. he is currently having first nap in the crib as we speak. this one was better than yesterday. he curled up next to the pillow his grandma made him and fell asleep after i gave him his pacifier and rubbed on his leg.
we’ll get though this i’m sure…