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Trying something new

I just fed R his dinner and gave him a bath.  I could tell he was tired (fussy, rubbing his eyes, etc).  Normally we would hold him while he takes an evening nap.Then we bring him upstairs with us for bed.

But tonight, I put him in his crib.  We'll see how this goes....it's worth a shot right? We really don't want to be bed sharing but the boy loves to snuggle.

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    ooh, good luck.  I think getting him in the habit of going to bed and skipping an evening nap is a great idea. 
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    Wife you've kind of been my inspiration to do this.  Your thoughts on baby bedtime really make me want to get him in a routine.  He never stays up late, but he doesn't go to bed early.

    I'm thinking we'll have a rough few nights ahead of us...but hopefully it works out!

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    You'll have to update with how it goes! I hope he stays down for you. My hour or two after J goes to bed at night is my only time to relax (not that I ever do, too much to be done around the house).
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    We did this several weeks ago and I'm not going to lie it sucked.  Big time.

    But, after a few nights Kate realized she would be sleeping in her crib and that I would be there the second she fussed to comfort her. 

    She is now a crib sleeper.  I'm still up several times a night (she does great from 6:30 - 11 so when I am awake) but I think it was important to make the switch.

    Good luck!

     

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    My DH lives in some fantasy world and thinks he will magically sleep in his crib (and through the night). Not going to happen!


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    I am trying this tonight as well. Bath, massage, feed , she fell asleep and I put her in the crib. She woke up two minutes later. I'm now on my third try.
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    Ooh I'm excited to see how it goes for you guys! I'm not brave enough to try the crib yet (especially with him still being sick). But I must say the earlier bedtime/lack of evening nap has really been working for us *knock on wood*. And wife, you were our inspiration for this too!

    It's hard to say if his long(er) naps in the day are due to the earlier bed time or due to his cold, but either way he seems a lot happier!

    The sleep doula says it takes 3 nights to see major changes when you try something new like this. So hold out hope!

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    Ugh. Whatever.  DH came home opened the door and he was awake again. Now DH is being loud and R is not falling back asleep.  I may b!tchslap him...
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    What's worked for us is having a Homedics Projection/sound machine.  I turn it on when I'm nursing him before laying him down. I make sure to put him down before he's dozed off and swaddle him with his arms sticking out.  I then go to my room to change into my pjs and that gives him time to settle down w/o me nervously watching the monitor. I set the timer on the machine for 15 min and usually he's out by 5 min, but the extra 10 give us some leeway in case it takes longer.
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    Ugh. Whatever.  DH came home opened the door and he was awake again. Now DH is being loud and R is not falling back asleep.  I may b!tchslap him...

    This is directed at your H

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    Definitely give it a few days. It took us about a week to get him in his crib regularly. We've had some setbacks, but are trying to keep him in there all night!
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    Hope all goes well! It only takes a few rough nights and a few tears and he will start sleeping like a champ!
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