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Never Assume You’ve got Any Part of Parenting Figured Out: Sleep Revisited

I’m going to have to be more careful when I offer advice on my blog. Kids live to make liars out of us. Especially mine!  He refuses to follow any kind of regular pattern, and don’t ever expect him to fit the profile of any book you read.

Most recently, we’ve faced problems with sleep YET AGAIN, just a matter of weeks after I posted my sleep solutions tips.  Grayson figured out how to get out of his swaddle wrap and refused to sleep without his arms tucked inside it.  This posed quite a problem.  His source of sleep security was gone, so what were we to do?  We had to find him another way to feel secure.

Our solution has been for him to move into the bed with me, and for my husband to sleep on the fold out in the living room.  Obviously my husband and I would prefer to be sleeping together, but this arrangement is allowing all three of us to get the sleep we need.  Grayson feels secure, I’m not losing even more sleep by waking up completely to walk down the hall every time G wakes up to nurse, and my husband is not worried he’s going to roll on top of a baby…or that his wife is going to go crazy from sleep deprivation!  It’s actually working out great for all of us.

G is sleeping so well, that I suggested to my husband that we might be ready to move him back to the crib.  He responded that we should just keep the status quo for a bit longer, since we were all getting the rest we needed.  Quite honestly, I’m not ready to change things yet, either.  I actually kind of like to snuggle with my fuzzy headed little buddy!  I also love knowing where he is and that he’s OK.

One day, this will not be practical.  Whether it’s back to the crib or to a toddler bed, he’s going to have to have his own sleep space.  But, for now, we’re happy and rested.

Yet again, I will say that you have to do what works for YOUR family.  What we’re doing is not what’s best for everybody, but it’s what is best FOR US.

Posted March 26th, 2011 in Baby Inselmann.

One comment:

  1. emily:

    Yay baby G and for sleep! Enjoy the extra snuggle time… you can’t go wrong :)

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