Hi ladies! My little one will be 9 months old next week and has been co-sleeping with us since birth. It isn't something that we initially thought we would ever do but it just made it easier to take care of those middle of the night issues when he was a newborn. We have tried a few times to move him to the crib but he screams for HOURS on end! He can be dead asleep and the minute he hits that mattress he screams. He has also been napping on our bed because he wont sleep in the crib. We did pretty good once he went mobile lisitening to the monitor for any indication that he may be moving or rolling and we would go in the room to make sure he wasn't going to roll off the bed. Well, last night he moved quick and rolled right off the bed. Lucky he wasn't hurt but I was terrified and felt so guilty. We both agree that it is time to move him to the crib but we don't know how. My family and friends gave us a lot of guilt for co-sleeping to begin with so we don't discuss sleeping issues with any of them now. I am so emotionally torn and stressed over this because I feel like it is time for him to move to his crib but don't know how to do it. I think we would all sleep better as he is a restless sleeper. Also, he will not sleep at daycare because they put him in a crib. So he comes home exhausted and grumpy. He wants to be held when he naps and obviously they can't do that. What do I do? I tried to follow friends and family's advise before and let him "cry it out." We put him in there, let him cry for three minutes, then five, then seven. He NEVER went to sleep! After three hours of non-stop screaming we gave up. I'm afraid we have created a situation that we will be unable to fix! Please, is anyone has any suggestions of things that have worked for them I am all ears! Should we have stuck out the CIO method longer? How long does it take for the baby to finally fall asleep? Is there another way? How do I handle the fact that he still wakes up nightly for feedings? We usually feed him in our bed but do we do it elsewhere now? Is it too late to sleep train him at 9 months? Please, help me!!
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