As Poppy’s 6 month birthday has come and gone, it leaves us to decide, when do we stop co-sleeping?
With Aubrey, at 5 and a half months, we began the cry it out method to transfer him into his crib. I remember feeling so fed up with having to wait until he falls asleep in my arms or nursing and wanting to have my whole side of the bed back. I was 100% ready to do what I needed to do to get him into his crib through the night and learn to self-soothe.
Poppy is a whole other ball game. Maybe it that second baby syndrome, or the fact that I deep in my heart know that she could be my last. Maybe it is that time is flying by too fast. Whatever the reason, I couldn’t even think about putting her into her own room in her own crib. I want her beside me, wherever that may be.
Now, I know that this is a touchy subject and that moms will either be for it or against it so I will give you a rundown on why this decision was right for US. The main reason we didn’t put Poppy into her crib right away was that the risk of SIDS significantly drops after 6 months, that to us is the magic number. Another reason, I NEED sleep. Without it, I am not a good mom, wife, or worker. Rolling over to feed a baby 3-8 times a night is a lot less hard on the sleep then getting up each time into a separate room. And the final main reason is that Poppy’s room is on the other side of the house from our bedroom. That is a very large distance if any emergency were to happen.
So, we co-slept. it was the right decision for us with Aubrey and is the right one with Poppy.
But now the decision lies between continuing to do so, or just get on with it and do the cry it out all over again. My mommy gut is unsure.
On top of all of these questions, we have moved Aubrey into her room because the furnace and baseboards are far more quiet, allowing him to sleep through the night. But it makes me confused with trying to get them to sleep in the same room at this stage or to move Poppy into his room and pray that she gets used to the noise. Guys, I am all sorts of confused.
For now, I will test the waters by placing Poppy in her crib for nap time. What would you do in these situations?
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