Co-sleeping with a wolverine?

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Co-sleeping with a wolverine?

Hey fellow co-sleepers! For the past three nights, DD has made it her mission to scratch, kick, headbutt, punch, pinch and kick me for at least 4 hours. She's half asleep as far as I can tell. She doesn't make any noise but her attempts to skin me alive make it a tad difficult to sleep. I'm guessing she's doing it because she's gassy so I've been doing belly massage, which works wonders on her. I also fear she's begun teething. Anyway, does anyone have any tips/tricks for sleeping next to such a beast? She has slept well since day 1. Why did she wait until just a few days before school starts to turn into a wolverine?!

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I would probably try a little "bed yard" type of thing for a little while. We had this thing with DS that had it's own little fence around it that fit in the bed with us. It was good because he had his own area to sleep but was still in our bed - KWIM? Maybe she's just a restless sleeper - or maybe it will stop soon? Good luck with that!

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Oh man, right before school too. I roll up a baby blanket and stick it between me and him when he is having a restless night. We use it against his back on most nights so he sleeps on his side and can nurse at will. That one I just move to the side between he and I and sleep on my back.

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I have no idea Erin. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your description of Teagan Smile

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my bed is too small. i move her when DD gets like that. but she's also almost 2, so sometimes she does sleep without us and sometime in the next few years i'd like her to learn to sleep without us every night. I either stick her in the playpen across the room or i will litterally just lay her on the floor and toss her a blanket until she wakes up and wants to nurse.

DD is a holy terror when half asleep and wanting to nurse but can't find the boob... i will put her on the floor until she wakes up enough to notice when i offer it.

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We have the co-sleeper attached to our bed so when she gets thrashy and violent I move her over there. Sometimes I swaddle her over there because it seems to help settle her. The super thrashy thing started about 3 or 4 weeks ago and seemed to correspond to her rolling over. She scratched me so hard one night that she drew blood (It's impossible to keep up with those nails) so I really feel it's safer for all of us to swaddle her and move her into her own space when she is like that.

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Oh geez...DS has been doing this too the last few nights, I thought it was because my milk supply is down with the new pregnancy. He's 15 months but he doesn't sleep without us well yet, we're going to start working on getting him to sleep elsewhere at least part-time soon. I like the suggestion of putting a blanket between you and her. I think I will try that.

My guess, though, is that if it's a new thing that just started, it's a phase. Does she still like to be swaddled? Maybe try that for a few nights?

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So, I tried sticking a blanket between us (thanks Joy!) and that helped a lot. I also trimmed her deadly little toe nails. That helped the most! She spends her long stretch (7-2ish) swaddled in our arm's reach co-sleeper. Getting her back in is more trouble than it's worth and that's when she makes her way into our bed. I don't swaddle her when she's in bed with us because it's too warm and it limits her mobility too much for me to feel it's safe. I so love snuggling with my little monkey in the wee hours of the morning. IMO, waking up next to baby is the best thing in the world even if I have to occasionally get my eyes clawed out. Maybe baby boxing gloves?

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Maybe sleep goggles? We start Lily in the co-sleeper too - she somehow schooches up to the edge right near our bed and sometimes just rests her hands or legs near me - It's so sweet. She usually winds up with us by morning too.

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I'm glad the blanket log worked for you! I love baby snuggles. The best his his little face smashed into me all cozy warm. Its funny to inch away and watch them squirm toward you.

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Maybe wearing scratch mittens, only at night? I'm not sure! At least others had good suggestions, even if I don't! Smile