I'm a lurker here, but I could use some help.
LO is 8.5 months old, and we've been bed sharing mostly since he outgrew the bassinet around 3 months.
Last weekend, for the first time ever, I didn't wake up when he did, and he fell off my floor mattress. I don't even know how it happened, because he fell off on my side of the bed, in the only spot where I didn't have anything covering our hardwood. The sound of him hitting the floor woke me up.
I had his crib pushed up against his side, a rug at the foot of the bed, and floor pillows in a few strategic places. Until then, I always woke up when he did, or when he rolled in his sleep. But I guess 8.5 months of 4+ wakeups a night caught up with me finally. And I have no idea how he got over/around me.
Dr. Sears says babies roll to their mothers, but he likes to roll into his own space after nursing. But still be close enough that he can reach out to me. So I doubt this would be the only mishap now that he's so mobile. He also sleep crawls.
Now, he won't go down in his crib drowsy or asleep. He used to for his first stretch until I came to bed, but not for the last six weeks. I don't want to CIO or Ferber. After a few nights of total failure at picking him up and putting him down for hours on end, we started taking shifts being awake while we hold him, and using the pack n play as much as possible. This can't last though. No one is getting good sleep.
Any ideas of how we can gently transition him to a safe sleep in his crib?