Move to cribs?

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Move to cribs?

Did any of you use a co-sleeper? I'm realizing our co-sleeper days are numbered. My big chunker sometimes had a small loose blanket over his swaddle but he learned to do the worm and get it on his face a couple of weeks ago, so that's over. Last night he was swaddled super tight so he couldn't get his arms out but he managed to get the entire swaddle up over his face instead, so it's arms out from now on. We already had to stagger the babies so they don't smack each other in the head. Is moving to cribs a big deal? I mean, other than the fact that I have to go out and buy cribs? I'd actually like to keep my tiny girl in the co-sleeper for a while longer so it might just be my boy moving on.

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So I have no answers for you, but wanted to say I can't believe your kids are almost 3 months old. Where has the time gone?!!?!

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Haha yeah and you know what else is coming up soon? BABIES! You're so close!

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We moved the girls to separate cribs at 3 weeks old. They have never really known anything different. Personally, I think it helped us because they were never used to a smaller space. We used velcro swaddlers until they were about 4-5 months old. They are so worth the money. I suggest buying some if you don't have them. http://www.toysrus.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=summer%20infant%20swaddler&origkw=Summer+Infant+Swaddler&f=Taxonomy/TRUS/2255957&sr=1 These helped our girls sleep a little bit longer at night and they seemed to feel very secure in them.

I expect that moving to a crib will be a transition. Everything with a child is a transition. I think it is important to remember that transitions are never entirely easy. However, you can make them easier. Once you have a crib, you can put the little one in it for naps and when you need to run to the restroom, etc. That will help him get used to it. Then, you can start working on nights. You can do it!

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Huh, EVERYONE seems to love those velcro swaddlers. I have a giant pile of them and could never figure them out. How are they so complicated? When I attempt to put them on I have no idea where the velcro little tabs go and the babies just freak out and we all hate it and then I try again in a couple of weeks, never getting it.

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This is sad but i can't remember exactly when we transition, i think it was around 8 weeks. I had them in a pack n play and we decided to move Brad to the crib mainly because he slept better and was getting woken up by Kaylee. The transition was fairly easy but he was still being swaddled at the time so I dont know if that helped him. We finally put Kaylee in maybe a few weeks later and she transitioned fine as well. One thing that was maybe on my side was that I started napping them in their crib at about a month so they were used to it (before that they napped in swing or playpen.

Funny story. Hubby took an extra long weekend so he had yesterday off and we went to Denny's for breakfast. A women stopped me to see the babies and told me her son has boy/girl twins. She then Told me that the boy is laid back and a good sleeper and the girl is a little diva. I'm starting to see a trend here!!! Smile

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Oh, and no we didn't use a cosleeper. You can't get the ones that are on the side of the bed in Canada. And the only cosleeper you can get didn't work for us.

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"krista83" wrote:

You can't get the ones that are on the side of the bed in Canada.

Are they too dangerous for Canadian babies? Smile

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Are they too dangerous for Canadian babies? Smile

Lol I have no idea. We can't get the exercusers with wheels either, but im not sure if the US sells them anymore. Canada just has to be different I guess.

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It has been forever since we used them. but they seemed to work just like a regular swaddle. You stick their feet at the bottom...I think there is a place for their legs....wrap the left side over their arms and body, then wrap the right side, and stick the velcro together really tight. Look for a video tutorial on YouTube or by the manufacturer. I bet you can find one somewhere online. Biggrin

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I just transitioned my twins to beds (cribs) last week. Ashton is doing really well with it. I can just lay him down at bed time and he falls right to sleep. He stays alseep all night. I have to wake him up in the morning. Therefore I put him upstairs in his sisters room.

Easton is another story, he wasn't a great sleeper before but he is even worse now. His crib is in our bedroom just for convenence for me. He will sleep about 5 hours, then he will be up every 2 to 3 hours.

They are 7 mo's now. They stayed in bassinet type things until then (Fischer price motion glider).

http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Sorbet-Soothing-Motions-Glider/dp/B004C43JI0/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1330007867&sr=8-25

I was really hoping I could wait until they were both sleeping through the night before I put them into beds but Easton just isn't going to do it. I also had to move Easton to a bed because with his helmet now, he doesn't fit right anymore in the glider. Plus they are a little long for it anyway.

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"isuche02" wrote:

I just transitioned my twins to beds (cribs) last week. Ashton is doing really well with it. I can just lay him down at bed time and he falls right to sleep. He stays alseep all night. I have to wake him up in the morning. Therefore I put him upstairs in his sisters room.

Easton is another story, he wasn't a great sleeper before but he is even worse now. His crib is in our bedroom just for convenence for me. He will sleep about 5 hours, then he will be up every 2 to 3 hours.

They are 7 mo's now. They stayed in bassinet type things until then (Fischer price motion glider).

http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Sorbet-Soothing-Motions-Glider/dp/B004C43JI0/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&qid=1330007867&sr=8-25

I was really hoping I could wait until they were both sleeping through the night before I put them into beds but Easton just isn't going to do it. I also had to move Easton to a bed because with his helmet now, he doesn't fit right anymore in the glider. Plus they are a little long for it anyway.

I can't believe they are 7 Months old. I remember waiting for you to give birth. Where does the time go?

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We transitioned them to cribs in their nursery (from our bed where they slept with me while DH slept in the guest room) when they were 6 months old. Honestly, I expected the worst and it was surprisingly easy. FOR THEM! For me, I missed them Smile

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Huh, EVERYONE seems to love those velcro swaddlers. I have a giant pile of them and could never figure them out. How are they so complicated? When I attempt to put them on I have no idea where the velcro little tabs go and the babies just freak out and we all hate it and then I try again in a couple of weeks, never getting it.

:lurk:

The swaddle blankets are the best things ever in my house. This video may help you out with them. At about halfway it shows how to use them.

http://www.summerinfant.com/SwaddleMe/Videos.aspx

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We separated the girls about 1 month ago. They kept waking each other up and no one was getting any sleep. Leah has done very well being in the crib. I still have Jocelyn in the co-sleeper.

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Thanks, guys. We decided just to put them head-to-toe in the co-sleeper thinking that would buy us a few more weeks. Nope. So we bought a crib for Ciaran yesterday. We didn't put it up yet. It has been a rough few nights. I slept on the couch, D in a swing, and C in a bouncer. Hey, at least we all got rest! A little, anyway.

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Yay for some rest! Have fun building the crib...I think DH and I divorced twice building ours!!! (I love instructions...he does not!)

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Our crib ended up being super easy to set up. Cribs are HUGE! So we put away the co-sleeper and just stuck the crib next to the bed with the babies still together since there's tons of room in the crib.

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We used a cosleeper, I can't remember when we started using the crib more.. 4-5mo I would guess. And then they shared the crib until they were two. Smile