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!
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!