We’re done co-sleeping…sort of. Charlie still nurses to sleep and wakes up at least once during the night to nurse so I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of getting up in the middle of the night to lift her up out of her crib, nurse her, and try to get her down without waking her up. Technically, she’s been sleeping in her crib but we took off one side and attached it to our bed so I’d just roll over, nurse her and we’d both go back to sleep. Recently, though, I just haven’t been sleeping well with her next to me. She moves a lot in her sleep and I thought I was done getting kicked in the ribs when I gave birth to her. I do find it adorable when she clings onto me like a koala but not night after night.
I was inspired by Montessori style bedrooms where the entire room is baby-friendly. We bought a thin mattress from Ikea and put in on the floor of her room so she can easily get in and out of bed. I put toys and books where she can easily access them and I hung pictures at her eye level to interest her. I plan on only keeping a few toys and books in her room at a time and switching them out every once in awhile. I’ll do the same with the pictures hanging on the wall.
Our top floor is two bedrooms with one tiny hallway that separates them. When we leave the doors open, it feels like we’re in one big room. In a way, I still feel like we’re co-sleeping. I can go to her quickly in the night and once she starts walking regularly, she can easily get to us. If she wakes up hungry, I can lay down next her to nurse and easily get back up to go back to bed. I thought I would miss the baby snuggles but we get plenty of time to snuggle before bed and when she wakes up in the morning. If she wakes up at 5am or later, I take her back to bed with me so we can enjoy our last couple of hours of sleep together.
The best part is that she really likes her room. I was worried that she would feel abandoned suddenly sleeping by herself after spending every night of her life with us but she seems just fine with it. Last night, Conor went to check on her around 4am and she was just sitting up and happily talking to herself. And during the day, she’ll point to go upstairs and lead me to her room, instead of ours. I love that she always goes straight for the books hanging on the wall.
Check out the bedhead on this well-rested girl. I take it back, the best part is that she’s waking up less. She’s only been in there for a week but most nights she’s only gotten up twice, a huge improvement from every hour or two. I guess she likes having her own space.