Now that Monkey is 3 months old, it is time for him to sleep in his crib. Emotionally I was not ready and told myself “ok, 3 months it’s happening”. My husband was on board with waiting until 3 months, even though deep down he just wanted his bedroom back.
Since bringing home Monkey from the hospital, he slept in a bassinet next to our bed. Being so close made it convenient for those nights when he was up 4-5 times needing to be changed, fed or just wanting his mommy and daddy. However, I know that I cannot keep him next to me forever.
Prior to the switch, I read up on tips and tricks to transitioning to the crib. My research said to start out with naps in the crib, so the baby becomes familiar with his room. However, Monkey did not enjoy napping in his crib, which lead me to believe that this transition would be very difficult. But boy was I wrong.The day Monkey turned 3 months old, we decided to move his bassinet into his room to sleep. That first night, I cried myself to sleep and was up every hour checking on the monitor. I wouldn’t allow myself to go check on him, as I knew I would end up sleeping in there. Much to my surprise and 10 hours later, Monkey woke up a very happy boy. I decided to try one more night in the bassinet and again slept through the night.
Night 3 was the big test, as it was time to sleep in his crib. The nighttime routine remained the same with a lotion massage, pajamas, story and nursing session. I laid him down to sleep and I went into my room to stare at the monitor. Like the previous 2 nights, Monkey slept through the night.I could not believe that my little baby was sleeping in his crib like a big boy. It is a bittersweet moment, as I loved having him next to me during the night, but I know this is the best thing for everyone. John was happy about the switch, as we finally had our bedroom back and let’s face it I was too.
It has been 3 weeks since the transition and Monkey is still sleeping 10 straight hours. I have to say it is such a blessing to get a good night’s rest because he makes up for it during the day going non-stop, which I know will increase as he gets older.
What are your tips on making the move to the crib?
The Rookie Mom
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