If you have been following me then you already know that I let my baby sleep in bed with my husband and me. If you haven’t been following me, now you know :) I (my husband) moved the crib into our room a couple months ago to help sleep train and it has yet to be slept in for longer than an hour or so. My son reacts as if he is in prison when I try to get him to sleep in it and then nobody gets any sleep. That’s not true, my husband sleeps through everything!
We have a California King size bed and there are three of us in it. My husband has his half of the bed and I get to share my half with the miniature bed hog. I get about a quarter of my half of the bed while the tiny guy gets the other three quarters of my half, so I get about an eighth of this huge bed. I have somehow gotten used to it and just hang on to the edge and hope for the best. I haven’t fallen off… yet.
Anyway, I am not just here to complain about only getting an eighth of my bed to sleep on, I have more to complain about :) This past week my son has started crying and wants to switch sides with me in the middle of the night. He will wake up and cry until I switch sides with him. I try feeding him and bouncing him back to sleep but he cries until the switch has been made. Since he obviously can’t sleep on the edge I have to wait for him to fall back to sleep enough that I can move him back to the middle without waking him up. We repeat this any time he wakes up. (thank goodness he hasn’t been waking up much) This brings me to my question… “I let you sleep in my bed, what do you have to cry about? Seriously you have a ton of room and a comfortable spot in the bed while I am over here hanging off of the edge. If you want more room or don’t want to sleep in the middle, sleep in your own bed! If you don’t want to sleep in there, maybe I will!” ←Is what I want to say, but usually I just suck it up and switch sides before he wakes up enough that he won’t fall right back to sleep. He wouldn’t understand me anyway. Ugh!!! It is so frustrating! I don’t mind waking up to feed my kid, but when he is waking up and crying about his place in the bed (MY bed) we are gonna have problems. I know it is my fault for co-sleeping but please have some sympathy for poor lil’ ole me ;)
I have got to get this kid sleep trained before it is too late! (hopefully it’s not already too late) Mark my words… My goal is to get him sleeping in his crib full time before he turns one. That gives me three months. Only three months? :( Where has the past year gone?? I know I should enjoy this time that he does want to spend with me before he gets “too big” and doesn’t want me around. I have used this excuse long enough though, I want my bed back. I do feel bad and kind of like a bad mom when I think about “kicking” my poor baby out of my bed. Does it make me a bad mom? I don’t think so… I don’t even feel like my husband and I sleep in the same bed anymore and I miss him. I miss my bed but I do miss my husband more!! And I do enjoy this time with my baby, but I have allllll day to spend with him and he has my attention and love always :) It’s not going anywhere! He is such a good snuggler though… The struggle!!
If any of you had to train your little ones to sleep in their crib instead of your bed this late into it (or later) please help me by sharing what you did. Any and all tips and tricks are greatly appreciated :) And the letting him cry himself to sleep doesn’t work, he will just cry and cry and cry…... Me sleeping in his crib is sounding better and better ;)