Thanks for the suggestions and sympathy everyone. :) Yeah, I just weaned him off of the swaddle because he was breaking out of it every night anyway, and I also wanted him to be able to use his arms if he did roll. I also just got him into his crib a couple of weeks ago. Gah!
That's a good point about the consistent schedule. He is at daycare 5 days a week, so I need to do a better job of coordinating with her about when she does naps and feeding. I'm loosey goosey on the weekends, like "it's been about an hour and a half and you seem kind of starey and tired so we'll do a nap now" instead of going by a strict schedule. I should ask her what she does...
Stacey - luckily I am not worried that the daycare lady lets him sleep all day. I don't think he has his days and nights confused, I just think that he is waking up when he rolls over because it makes him throw up. :( Poor fella.
Sleep, glorious sleep! He only got up once last night! Please please please mean that this phase is passing. I just checked on him and he's asleep on his tummy. I'm thinking I'm going to just have to get past my fear of that. It's funny, we went to dinner at my parents house last night and there were several women from my mom's generation there (my SIL's mother as well as her aunt.) I was telling them about it and they were very sympathetic to the waking up crying part, but you could tell that none of them had any clue why I fret about him sleeping on his tummy. They were all "we put all of you kids on your tummy on purpose..."
Glad you got a good night's sleep! In a week or so I bet he'll have the rolling both ways down pat and he'll be able to flip whichever which way he wants without help! I do not miss the sleepless nights.
When i originally read your thread, i wanted to offer advice....but i seemed to have purged a lot of 'baby skillz' from my memory banks. Seriously...i know it hasn't been THAT long ago, but my brain is like "oh...she's done with this. Delete delete delete!"
All i kept coming up with is "That's a tough stage, but it will pass" which is NOT helpful LOL.
So glad you got sleep.
And yes, parents of previous generations do not understand why we freak out about tummy sleeping. My pediatrician also said it really wasn't a big deal. Once the babies are old enough to move their heads, it's not really a big deal. We were going nuts because Juliet hated sleeping on her back.
I hope the good sleep continues! IT'S SO HARD. I remember it really well, it turned me into a nutball (well..more of a nutball than usual).
I swear the only reason I remember all that baby stuff so well is because I've kept a blog since my oldest was born. Something about writing it all down solidified it all in my brain really well. Or something.
So now you know the trick Alissa, write about your woes on the internet and they will fix right up. Remember, however, that it can work in the reverse way as well! Tricky babies!
Alissa I got nothing. I had one that puked every time we even thought about putting her on her belly and she did the same thing, would roll over but then get stuck on her stomach and puke. It was ever more special because she would rub her face and hair in the puke while frantically trying to get on her back. She just stopped one night, I think about the time when she got to the point of being consistent with being able to get off her belly. Good luck you got all my empathy, that time frame sucked
Robbie was often sleeping on his tummy in the NICU so when he got home he wanted that too. A lot harder at home where I had no monitors, but once he was rolling I was not so worried.
Okay, my favorite Juliet baby story:
Juliet was a new-ish baby and she couldn't roll over yet. I wanted her in our room but the bassinet had gotten too small for her, so I took the mattress out of the crib (which was already in her room and too hard to take apart & reassemble, which we'd need to do to move it) and put it on the floor next to our bad. She was a wee thing, so I put her in the middle of it, watched her sleep, saw she didn't move around at all, and felt like it was a safe place for her.
In the middle of the night I woke up suddenly: NO JULIET! I freaked! (I was hormonal as well of course.) I looked down, thinking I'd lost my mind...still no baby.
Then I saw two wee feet sticking out from under our bed (which is raised up off the floor). I reached down and slid her out by the ankle.
Needless to say she slept in the crib or in our bed with me after that.
OMG Laurie! I would FREAK! LOL
Up twice last night. I feel like we're moving away from some of the issues though, because I noticed that he has started self soothing again. Before about a week ago, I had to rock and nurse him to get him really sleepy, but then once he was out if he woke back up while I was laying him in the crib he would just roll on his side and start sucking his thumb and go right back to sleep. Also, if he woke in the night I would hear him whimper for a minute, and then stop almost right away. When I would go to check on him, he was always sucking on his thumb again. So that was great. But then like a week ago, it's like he forgot all about that, so on top of the rolling he also wasn't self soothing at all, and it was murder to get him down each time, and every time he woke up he needed me to put him back to sleep. Last night he woke up when I laid him down, and he did the roll on his side/suck his thumb routine, so at least I feel like we are getting a little bit back to normal. Ah babies!
When Alyssa and Brianna were babies I never would have dreamed of putting them on their tummys to sleep. With Caitlyn that was the only way should would sleep. I never thought of it being from the NICU, but it probably was. We bought an Angel Care Monitor with her. I am sure I would not have gotten any sleep at all without it.