Posted in Sleep, Toddlers

Co-sleeping quits.

Anonymous

I’ve been co-sleeping with my son, now 18 months old, since birth. I am trying to transition him into his own bed because he is getting too big for my bed and “scoots” around all night now. I co-slept with my first son until he was 5. He is now in his own bed but it was still a hard transition. I CANNOT do the “cry-it-out” method. I’ve never been able to let any of my babies cry. Perhaps that’s why I co-sleep, but I just can’t. It breaks my heart to hear them cry, especially inconsolably. In his crib, I’ve noticed on the monitor. He wakes up when he begins his “scooting”. Bumping his head against the sides of the crib is what I think wakes him up. He also wakes up about once a night in search of my hair to hold. When he realizes I’m not there, he freaks out. By the time I get to his room from my room, there’s no sweet talking him back to sleep. He wants held. He wants a bottle. He wants to go to my bed. Please share any tips you have!

  • Tiana
    Nov 24

    Transition to a mattress on the floor. Sleep next to him, till he’s asleep, then slip out. Put a soft rug around the bed, if he “falls” it’ll only be a very short distance to the rug. He’s likely to sleep through the fall

  • Anonymous
    Nov 24

    I don’t have advice unfortunately. But am following because I was literally thinking the same exact thing earlier today about my 15m old since we have another on the way.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 25

    Yes I just had another 3 weeks ago and have a cradle beside the bed for her for frequent feedings. But little big brother makes it hard when he sprawls our everywhere.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 25

    I thought my daughter was just a really weird sleeper. I wake up in the middle of the night and she’ll have done a 180 and be sleeping at our feet. I don’t know how she does it. And as much as I’d love to sleep through an entire night, I don’t have in my heart to let her cry for an hour. I’m with you Momma!

  • Destin
    Nov 30

    Following...going through the same thing! I absolutely can not sit there and just listen to my daughter scream and cry when all she wants is to be with me! I would also love to have a full night of straight sleep...too bad there isn’t a magical solution! ☹️

  • cabodegata
    Dec 10

    I think that sleep training should do the job, with the one by Susan Urban (parental-love.com/baby-sleep-training) there is no crying-out and it can be performed also with older toddlers, like yours :)