I think Alice waited until we told everyone we know that she was a “good sleeper” before she started to become a bad sleeper.
Since she was born, she’s loved sleeping.
She slept a lot.
A lot, a lot.
She slept through the night pretty much immediately.
She took pretty long naps in the morning and the afternoon.
She slept off and on throughout the day.
Like Tom, she mostly slept in her swing in her room — but she SLEPT and that’s pretty much all we cared about.
About a month ago, we started putting her in her crib to get her used to it.
She wouldn’t sleep as long in there, but she’d sleep, so we were confident that we’d be able to transition her away from the swing and into the crib.
And then two weeks ago, she decided her sleeping options pretty much…
She HATES the swing.
She HATES her crib.
She HATES her room in general.
And she HATES us for trying to make her sleep in there!
Ohmygosh — she’s already wishing she could move out!
Five months going on 18 years.
So last week, after walking her around downstairs for an eternity and after trying to put her down 4 separate times to no avail, I just placed her in our bed for a change of scenery.
She she zonked out.
Then later that day, I did it again because I just wanted her to SLEEP!
And she did it again.
And then that night, when I was in the bed for sleep too, I let her sleep *with* me — and she did it again!
I found the cure.
And the cure was she needs to sleep in the bed with me.
Just like every professional tells you ABSOLUTELY NOT TO DO EVER NEVER EVER NO.
She’s not supposed to sleep with me for many reasons, but the main one is that there are all kinds of pillows, blankets and big humans in the bed and she may get squished or suffocate.
Pretty much my greatest fears for Alice are all in our bed.
And pretty much the only place Alice wants to be is in our bed.
So we’re on week two of Alice sleeping in our bed.
It’s the only place she will sleep.
She doesn’t care if we’re in the bed with her or not — she just wants to be in there.
Doesn’t she know it’s deadly?
Is she a crazy risk-taker?
A baby sleeping in our bed is like an adult skydiving.
She’s a skydiver!!
Seriously, I have no idea what to do.
I don’t want her to sleep in our bed every day and night, but if I put her in her crib, she screams.
We used the Ferber method (a cry-it-out method) to get Tom to go to sleep in his crib, but we didn’t do that with him this early, although she is old enough for us to try it.
But I just…don’t want my baby to cry!
But I just…don’t want my baby to steal our bed either!
Any advice, dear blog readers?
Let me know.
In the meantime, Alice and I are enjoying our rule-breaking sleep very much.