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Silent Night

Hello all! How’s everyone’s weeks so far? Ours has been good, we decided last night to transition our daughters crib into a toddler bed. Yep that was interesting. Let’s start at the beginning. 

Riley has Never liked sleeping in her crib. From day one we struggled with her and trying to get her to sleep in there. We were so exhausted that we let her sleep on our chests for a couple months. I know I know that isn’t the safest thing to do but we were just so tired! Later on we found a small bassinet to put in between us in our bed. When she outgrew it she would sleep in a pack and play in our room. I nursed Riley for 11 months and during those rough nights, let me tell you they were a struggle, I’d fall asleep in bed while nursing her. She got so used to sleeping in our bed. 

That was my biggest mistake and I wish I would have just stuck with putting her in her own bed. I finally got her to take naps and sleep in her crib a little after 1 years old. She is a stubborn little thing. However, she always wakes up screaming so I would try and get her back to sleep. I got so tired of doing that I’d just bring her to our room. Again another huge mistake, she literally takes up the entire bed. Sometimes we feel like we are about to be voted off and she just owns the bed. 

The one thing I do like about her sleeping in our bed is that I get to watch her sleep. She is just so peaceful and lovely. I always wonder what she is dreaming about, sometimes she talks in her sleep. It’s so cute! There is just something amazing about watching your little one sleep so sweetly. 

But now we are here trying to get her to sleep in her big girl bed. Last night she screamed and cried until we finally just got her out. If you have any suggestions on how to get little ones to love their bed I am ready for them! 😂

Thank you all so much for reading! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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6 thoughts on “Silent Night

  1. Hey, loved the post! I have a suggestion..Although I’m not a parent so don’t judge me but I do remember this part of my childhood as was absolutely TERRIFIED of sleeping alone/sleeping in my bed and it then leaded to insomnia in my early teens.. When I was younger the only way I would get to sleep or even feel comfortable with sleeping would be the days when I’d spent a long time in my room so I felt comfortable there. You could try to give your toddy a happy association with the bed, so they feel more comfortable around it maybe? Oh and nightlights help too and so do glow in the dark stars..anything that they can focus on that looks pretty!..Again, I don’t have a child so I don’t know what will work and won’t work! But this is what helped me as a kid and teenager.

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  2. I am so glad I am not the only one who had a hard time with this. Little M was a premmie so we broke all the “rules” and kept her in our room in her crib. At about 18 month (she was hospitalized about 8 times in 6 months) we allowed her to sleep in our bed, also just to get some sleep ourselves. We bought her a toddler bed and just moved the crib out of our room and replaced it with her bed. Finally we decided to move her completely to her own room and we were so nervous. For about 2 weeks before the move we started “revamping” her room, she could pick everything she wanted (Yes, we have a room now with minions on the walls, orange curtains, princess Sophia bedding, a cupboard that is half blue (chalkboard) and half purple with flower and butterflies). Its a mess to us, but she loves her room and spending time in there. When we moved her the first week was a bit hard, but I would tell her I will sit with her for 10 minutes and then say good night and go. Now, she goes straight to her own bed, say good night to us and fall asleep when she is ready. We do tell her that she don’t have to sleep immediately but must stay in bed and can fall asleep when she is ready.
    Sorry for the long comment, but this saved our sanity.

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    1. I don’t mind the long comment 🙂 I really appreciate it!! Haha we let our daughter pick out her bedding and it’s “Anna Elsa ” she shouts this at us all the time. Last night she wanted me to sit by her bed while she fell asleep so I think we are moving in the right direction. I hope 🤞

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