By now you probably forgot what it is to sleep through the night, I know I have haha. In my case, I started losing sleep when I was about 7 months pregnant. I remember I’d wake up at least 4 times per night. When I didn’t have to use the restroom, I had bad back ache or terrible heartburn. So many different reasons… Now, after having the baby I kind of chose to barely sleep because I was a new mom… I was scared that Raphael would just stop breathing… blah blah blah. You know just me being a paranoid new mom.
I can honestly say that now I trust that nothing bad will happen to my baby while he sleeps – Plus he’s big enough (20 lbs) and strong enough. You would think I should have no problem with bed time… Well, it just so happen that my baby got used to co-sleeping with me and every time we talked about moving him into his room he would get sick.
But now that my son is feeling a little bit better, we are working on getting things back to normal. I didn’t want to start cold turkey so we decided to start with naps and work our way to the night. If he is very tired he won’t make a sound and fall to sleep in seconds. If he is fighting his sleep he fusses a little but he is usually fine after a minute or two. Overall, he is doing better than I expected.
I usually give him a warm bath, give him a short masage to relax him, read him a short bedtime story and then give him a bottle with a bit of rice cereal so he stays full longer. One great tip is to use some sort of sound machine. We use a wave sound machine and that does magic. Some other babies might prefer white noise or drops falling.. Waves definitely do the trick for us. We try for him not to see us otherwise he starts crying immediately – So try to hide haha. Raphael doesn’t like pacifiers but if your baby does, definitely use it.
The transition might be hard the first few days but just keep reminding yourself that this is the best for your child and also your relationship and the bags under your eyes haha.
Stay strong and good luck!