We were blessed with a little baby who LOVED to sleep this time around. When swaddled, Ben would fall right to sleep on his own. He’d sleep in stretches of 4-5 hours at a time and slept through the night for the first time around 10-weeks-old. Blaire didn’t sleep through the night for the first time until WAY later. She also would only fall asleep in her swing, then we’d have to try to move her carefully to her bed.
Once Ben started rolling and we had to stop swaddling him, our amazing sleeper stopped being an amazing sleeper. He would only fall asleep in his rocker and would only stay asleep if I held him throughout the night. But I just wasn’t sleeping, since I was holding a baby all night. So we decided we needed to get started sleep training our little guy. I am happy to say we have made lots of progress with Ben’s sleeping… Even if it has taken a few months! On Instagram awhile back, I polled you mamas asking when you moved your little one to their room, I found out lots of you still haven’t. And, really, most mamas had the same issues we had. Their little ones didn’t like their cribs and they just weren’t ready to sleep train them, because almost all of you associated sleep training exclusively with the “cry it out” method.
But we are not doing Cry It Out with Ben, at least not yet. Our first step was getting Ben to nap in his crib. The main reason we started with only naps is that I am still working through the anxiety that keeps me from being comfortable with either of our children sleeping in their rooms. So, really, we should’ve just jumped right in to having Ben do all of his sleeping, naps AND bedtime in his crib, in his room. It’s less confusing for baby and is definitely faster. But, for now, it’s naps. He still has 2 bottles (6 oz each) overnight. So I’m not ready to let him cry it out overnight until he is ready to sleep all night without needing bottles, which will only be another month or so. So, for naps, I feed him his bottle out in the living room, then put him in his crib when he is half-asleep. He is happy to drift to sleep in his crib and sleeps for about 2-2.5 hours during his longest nap of the day. He does also take a short nap most mornings and a short afternoon nap around 4:30.
Ben has never liked his crib and would cry the second we set him in there. We decided to give the Halo SnoozyPod a try to see if it would make his crib any more comfortable to him. The SnoozyPod is a little device that goes under the crib and when it’s turned on, it gives a soothing vibration across their crib mattress. It does also have a built in sound machine and connects to your phone through an app. When I hooked it up and put him in his crib for the first time he actually fell right asleep without crying. He was already half asleep when I put him in there, but usually the second his body touched the mattress he would’ve stood up and cried until someone took him out of the crib. He slept until the vibration turned off, because I didn’t realize I had it on the timer instead of just turned on. #RookieMistake
And, honestly, it’s made Ben so much more comfortable in his crib. He’s even happy just to hang out in there while I’m folding his laundry during the day. It’s life-changing for me to be able to just sit him in there for his naps during the day, giving me time to get work or housework done while he sleeps. Before, I would have to hold or wear him, or he would be out in the living room in his rocker – which meant Blaire had to keep it down and I couldn’t do anything that would be remotely noisy without waking him up.
Our next step will be moving him into his own room at night. Which is something he is almost ready for since he has only been taking 1 6 oz. bottle overnight these past few nights. And something I am almost ready for now that I’m finally getting my anxiety under control.
I KNOW he will sleep so much better once he’s in his room away from us. Blaire definitely did and I remember wishing we had moved her sooner. So I wish we would’ve moved Ben already – but it is what it is. They’re only little once, so I’m happy to baby him while he’s still our baby.
Whether you’re ready to actually “sleep train” or just want to start out by trying to make your baby more comfortable in their crib, the SnoozyPod could be a lifesaver for you!
Helping your baby feel comfortable in their own bed is priceless. Not only does it mean more sleep for you, but it also means more, higher quality sleep for them. Everyone is happier with more sleep!