Moving on from co-sleeping

Moving on from co-sleeping
Lottie’s sleeping pattern is awful!

And yes it is all my own fault – from birth Lottie has been fed, rocked and cuddled to sleep every single day. She has always Co-slept with me, at the beginning it was fine we were establishng feeding and getting used to having a new born again – I made my excuses, I enjoyed the cuddles!

Then she got harder and harder to settle we’re now at a stage where she’s 10 months old still co-sleeping and come 10-11pm each night I have one wide awake baby who wants to play when I’m desperate to sleep after being up since 6am (on a good day) with the other two! It is really beginning to stress me out and if I’m stressed the children seem to pick up on it and I can really notice a difference in their behaviour as well. Basically a tiered and fed up mummy is just no good for anyone!

Now I want to move on from co-sleeping and I’m going to share how we’ve gone about moving baby from mummy’s bed to her own and start creating a good bedtime routine for her like my older girls. 

Last week I started out by just letting her play in her cot during the day, she has literally only been in the thing about 10 times so I didn’t want her to feel scared of being in there. Most of the time her sisters were eager to dive in and play with her as well so that has helped to make it more fun for her she does love messing about with her big sisters! 

Sunday night saw the launch of operation ‘get Lottie in her own bed’ and it went well-ish, she settled quite quickly (which I wasn’t expecting at all) and then stirred four times between 6:30 and around 11pm each time I went in and just gently let her know I was there and she nodded back off.

I thought I’d cracked it what a good baby she’s got it almost immediately!

I spoke too soon. 

11pm struck I went to bed and of corse as if by magic Lottie was wide awake! 
To cut a long story short it took me well over an hour to get her back to sleep and she ended up in my bed for the night. 

Monday night was similar I had to go up to her bedroom a few times during the evening for her to settle then she came into bed with me in the early hours. At that time of the morning I just have no will power! 

Then last night as if by some kind of miracle we had the break through, the moment we have been waiting 10 almost 11 months for. I put Lottie to bed around 7 she settled her self within about a minute and I didn’t hear another peep until 06:18am – to be precise. This was the first night Lottie EVER slept through the night! I could not believe my eyes when I checked my clock I thought for certain it was about 2am. 

Three nights is all it took. The thought of moving moving on from co-sleeping has filled me with dread for the past few months and it was so much easier than I ever imagined it to be.

I feel so selfish for saying it but I’m so pleased I’ve got my evenings back to myself, I need that time just to unwind, relax and more importantly blog! I no its not set in stone that she will now sleep through each night, I’m sure there will still be blips along the way as there always is with children whether it be teething or illness but we’re on the right track! 

Now she’s getting the sleep she needs each night she can cause even more mischief! 

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  1. January 14, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Amy it’s amazing that you’ve cracked it! You’re not selfish for wanting some time to yourself (trust me, I begrudge sharing a bed with hubby sometimes!) Ha 😉

    So lovely to know that you’re all getting much better sleep now. Long may it continue. 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  2. January 14, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    You are amazing! Wow. Hats off to you lovely. I moved the twins in to their room at 3 months I couldn’t do it any longer. That was super tough though. But you have three!! So close together. Amazing. Xxxx

  3. January 15, 2015 / 8:52 am

    Well done for cracking it! xxx #brilliantblogposts Must be nice getting evenings back to yourself 🙂

  4. January 15, 2015 / 11:41 pm

    well done indeed! I wish I was able to follow the same path! :)x #BrilliantBlogPosts

  5. January 16, 2015 / 10:42 am

    Oh this is such great news! You are amazing to have co-slept for so long!! I did it for 4 months with G and about 3 weeks with L haha! Glad she is now in her own bed, you will feel like a new woman!! x

  6. January 16, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Never feel selfish and NEVER feel you did the wrong thing co-sleeping, it’s the norm for many cultures and we co-slept with ours too. Routine is lovely and our boys thrive on it and having an evening to yourself is so important, sounds like you’ve done everything right that suited you all. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  7. January 16, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    Well done, sounds like everything has gone well and you’ve cracked it. I wouldn’t feel guilty about co-sleeping at all, we all have to find our own way through things – our little one in the early days was in bed with us, then we managed to get her into her cot. She’d often wake around 6am, so we’d put her into bed with us then as she slept for a few more hours, as did we! There’s too much pressure on people to do things the ‘right’ way – I say that we just do what needs to be done to get through each day! 🙂

  8. January 16, 2015 / 10:53 pm

    Its amazing that you’ve managed to crack it! Such determination! Life is so much easier with a baby that sleeps in their own bed – but I a guilty of morning cuddles to ‘warm her up’ first thing when she has cold feet! 🙂

  9. January 17, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Amazing work to have cracked it so quickly. I’m in the process of trying to sort Amelia’s sleep out. I had her sleeping through from 3 months until about a month ago and now she wakes about 11 and wants to play/wants to sleep in with me. Atm I’m getting her off sleeping with me then moving her over. It’s a bit of a nightmare!! Hoping I can get her back in her cot sleeping soon! Well done you. Having some time away is so so important to refresh for the next day! Xx

  10. January 17, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    I hope Lottie stays a good sleeper (in her own bed!) for you now after all your hard work. Never feel guilty about anything you have done. We should all do what we feel most comfortable with and what works for us and our children xxx

  11. January 18, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Wow Amy thats amazing that you managed it so quickly, xx

  12. January 24, 2015 / 12:21 am

    Woo hoo!! Well done little Lottie, this is such a breakthrough moment. And amazing it only took three nights -Result!! Welcome back to the land of the living.

    Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars x

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