Personally, I would start with Darcy. Darcy, at 6 months old, will be more receptive to changes in sleep patterns than Dylan. Once you get Darcy settled, then move in on Dylan. LOL! Could you start small with Dylan? Move the toddler bed into the livingroom and get him to sleep in it without the TV on? Then he's got the comfort of the room he's used to but without the distraction of the TV. Then you can slowly move his bed down the hallway and into his room, a few feet at a time. LOL!Originally Posted by sarahbeth_311
My issue is with cosleeping. I've loved cosleeping and it's worked for us up until now. But, as a breastfeeding mom, I've noticed that Leo is waking MORE OFTEN to nurse in the night instead of spacing out his feedings. Instead of waking 3 times a night, like he did at 2 months, he is waking 8-10 times a night to nurse. I can nurse lying down, but the issue is that if he nursing I'm awake. I just can't sleep through it.
Here's my plan: get him into his crib, which is next to my bed. Ideally I'd like him to spend most of the night in the crib, but I'm not opposed to him coming into my bed aorund 6am for some nursing/snuggles before we get up for the day. I guess, in an ideal world, we would continue to cosleep and actually GET sleep. But, my instinct tells me that he can smell the milk and he knows how readily available it is, and that's why he's waking so often. I hope that if it's more work for him to eat in the night (get out of bed, sit in a chair, ect) then he won't be so apt to do it. Does that sound reasonable or am I in dreamland? LOL!
This is what we had to do. I had never intended to cosleep with Weston because I just don't sleep well with a kid in bed, but I was just so tired all the time that I would bring him into bed to nurse him and fall asleep the first time he woke. From there, the only time I'd wake up at night was when he stirred again, and I couldn't move him without nursing him back to sleep, I'd fall asleep again...vicious cycle! But he was getting up SO many times at night, that I was getting horrible sleep! So we ended up mostly cosleeping for the first 4 months. Then I started making sure I did not bring him to bed when he woke up, just sitting in a chair and he started sleeping longer and longer and waking less. Now he gets up once at night. Hope it works for you!
As far as beginning with her I think my plan probably will be to nurse/rock her to sleep and then try putting her down in her crib and see how long I can get her to stay in her crib. I am hoping that it will be longer and longer each night.
Sarah, mommy to:
~Dylan David: 03.19.2005~
~Dakota Dale: 07.21.06-07.14.08~
~Darcy Dallas: 06.24.2008~