Monday, 16 March 2015

Sleep training my baby!

         How I made the big move from Cradle to Cot

Our youngest little girl very quickly got to the stage where it was time to move to her cot and out of the Moses Basket. Although the guidelines state a baby should be in the same room as their parents for the first 6 months, with both our babies we found we could not fit a cot in our room, so we took the decision to move them into their own rooms as soon as they were ready.

As soon as I felt our baby was getting too big for the Moses basket, I began to train her to sleep in her cot. It was not an easy thing to do, as her Moses basket was so enclosed and familiar compared to the huge space her cot has! I spent time with her in the room just talking to her as she lay in the cot during an awake time to get her used to the surroudings. If she fell asleep on me or in her pram whilst out and about, I immediately put her in her cot as soon as I could to get her used to it.

It took a lot of hard work, but I kept at it. We placed her in her cot once we had her sister ready for bed, getting them ready together so baby got used to the routine, right down to the bedtime story! Sometimes, she does not play ball and will cry through a story with her sister, meaning we end up doing baby stories a bit later once she is calmed down! I found that if I put baby in her cot in the dark whilst I put some clothes away in her room, she began to get herself off to sleep with her comforters (she currently has a dummy and blanket)

Once I had cracked this, it was time to make the move! We are not too far away in our room, and have our monitor on to constant so we can hear every breath. We check her frequently too during the night. She didn't take to it straight away......we had a couple of very disturbed nights and I soon realised that it was because she was too cold! Being a bit over cautious, I had dressed her in a body suit and her grobag, but not only was she used to bring in a sleepsuit, it turns out she was more comfortable and warmer with both a sleepsuit and her grobag!

Obviously, you must make sure you follow the guide lines on the clothing when using Grobags  and make sure you monitor the room temperature. It has been a bit of a slog, but we now have a happy sleeping baby in her own room and cot!!!s

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