Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tonight We Start Sleep Training

Ryenn napping in her crib at 8 weeks old


Hi everyone!! Tonight we are going to officially start the process of sleep training baby Ryenn. I've been telling everyone I know and thinking about it all week. I'm sure I'm building this up way too much in my head, but I'm just so nervous.
Ryenn has slept in our room with us since she was born. And now she's 6 1/2 months old so you can understand why this is such a big deal to me.
But I know now is the perfect time to begin so I'm both nervous and ready for it at the same time.

When Ryenn was born she was just like any other newborn baby and it was very hard to get her to sleep peacefully through the night. Mostly because I had to wake her up every 2 hours to nurse, and the hard part was putting her back down to sleep after nursing her.  We first started with the bassinet next to our bed.  Sometimes she would sleep great in it, other times she would start crying the moment you laid her down. Since the bassinet didn't seem to be working, we tried the Rock N Play. This was 6 months ago, and back before the recall and all the recent reports came out of babies rolling over and dying in them. Terrible! If I had known this of course we would have never tried.
But I will say, the first few weeks, Ryenn would ONLY sleep in her Rock N Play at night. It was the only thing that would put her to sleep.
I would not do this again with a second baby because it's just too risky with all the new developments that just came out.
Those first few months after Ryenn was born are such a blur, but I want to say Ryenn probably slept in her Rock N Play for 2-3 weeks. After just a few weeks she got sick of the Rock N Play and it wasnt working for her anymore. So thank the heavens above for the Dock-o-Tot. We placed the dock-o-tot in bed between us (you really need a King size bed I feel for this to work comfortably) and Ryenn slept in her Dock-o-Tot every night from that point on. I love the Dock-o-Tot so much. When she woke up in the middle of the night I could easily pick her up and nurse her, and lay her back down with minimal effort. She was safe in the cocoon like shape so I knew she would't roll off the bed.... and I think she felt very safe and cozy in it. She loved it. And I felt good about her sleeping in it because she was flat on her back.

Tonight when we transfer her to the crib I'm going to do a week of her sleeping in her dock-o-tot in the crib. I think that'll make the transition of her sleeping in a new bedroom, a little more familiar.
I have no idea or what to expect with how she will react to a new bedroom.

Right now I put her to bed around 9pm and I lay her down in her dock-o-tot in our bed and she fusses a little but then falls right to sleep. It is a breeze! Pray for me that all goes well these next few nights and Ryenn doesn't freak out. I will keep you posted daily on our routine and how it's going!

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