Brian and I have been co-sleeping with Baby Brian (B2) since he was born. (Incidentally, did you know that co-sleeping and bed sharing are not one in the same? Co-sleeping is defined as sleeping in the same vicinity – mostly, somewhere in the same room – as your baby.)
In any case, from the start we placed our Little Lounger right next to our bed at night. That’s where B2 has always slept, although in the morning after Brian wakes up, around 4:45 a.m., I usually bring B2 into bed with me. He has always been a great little sleeper, but now the Little Lounger isn’t really cutting it. He is 5 1/2 months old, so he moves around in his sleep more than he did when we was a newborn. And when he moves around in his Little Lounger, he wakes up more often.
Last night I decided I would try to put him in his crib in his nursery. We live on one level, with our living room dividing our bedroom and B2’s nursery. I waited until he had fallen asleep in my arms, then I placed him in his crib, set up the video camera, and walked to our bedroom with the video monitor. B2 didn’t make a peep.
I put my head on my pillow, but I couldn’t sleep. I missed having my little guy right next to me! He was only two rooms away, but it felt like he was so far from me. So I just watched him on the monitor until my eyes closed on their own.
A few hours later I woke up startled, instinctively grabbing the monitor to see how B2 was doing. He was still sound asleep, looking as peaceful as can be. It was around 3:30 a.m., and knowing Brian would be waking up shortly, I went to the nursery and grabbed my little snuggle buddy out of his crib so he could come to bed with us. He fell right back to sleep as I rubbed his soft little face. And all was right in the world for this mama.
I thought about it all day, and I’ve made a decision regarding putting B2 in his crib: we’re not ready. Okay, he did fine. Let’s be real: I’m not ready. Tonight? I grabbed the small Pack ‘n Play that my parents keep at their house, and I’m going to put B2 in there for the night – in our bedroom. We’ll see how it goes. I just need my boy close to me right now. That’s totally normal, right? Tell me that’s normal.
How and when did you transition your child(ren) to the nursery?