What do you do when your child refuses to sleep in his or her own room? That is the dilemma I have been having for awhile now.
My child is very easy going. I get constant compliments about how good she is and how lucky I am to have such a good little girl! I have actually had it pretty easy, compared to some of my friends who have more difficult children.
Payton co-slept with us until January 1st, 2011. This is when she turned 8-months-old. I then moved her from our bed to the pack n play at the end of our bed. This was a huge adjustment for her, but within a week we were golden! A few months later I then decided it was time to make the big leap to her sleeping in her own room. I used the excuse that I didn't think she was ready for it...but in reality, I think it was me who wasn't. After a week of crying and little sleep, we finally made progress and she was a happy camper again! Until now...she has hit a new stage. She now REFUSES to sleep in her own room. She is okay with it as long as I am in there, but as soon as I leave she is screaming. I have let her "cry it out", but I think I have a very stubborn child. She will cry for hours. Literally, HOURS!!!
I am in my 31st week of pregnancy and I physically and emotionally cannot fight this much longer. I have tried so many things. I have even tried to keep her up as long as I could. Until she was falling asleep playing! (see picture below) FAIL. As soon as she touched her crib she was screaming.
I don't see anything wrong with co-sleeping with your baby/child. I do have a few reasons why I have decided to no longer do this. (1) Payton will have a sister in June. I am worried both children will wake each other up if in the same room. (2) I DO NOT want two babies co-sleeping with us! (there's hardly any room as it is in our bed!) (3) I worry Payton will roll out of bed, and onto our hardwood floors! OUCH! (4) My husband and I would LOVE to have our relationship back :)
I know this is a common battle for other parents, and maybe I am putting too much thought into it. Maybe I should just keep using the pack n play until this stage is done.
Any other Moms feel this way? I'd love to hear from you!
I will update later on our progress!
-Lindsey with J.Lily