And the little one says roll over.
Or she pushes me over. Somehow. Or I just instinctively move away and give her space but she moves closer to me. Either way, I’ve woken up with my back up against the nightstand one too many times! It is time to get her out.
I wrote a post about bed sharing a while ago and how it works for our little family, and it did – still does, but our bed is just too small now for the three of us. It is not uncommon for me to fall asleep early with the Jellybean and by the time D comes into the bedroom I’m very definitely on his side fast asleep. He has resorted to a night on the couch a couple times because he didn’t want to wake me.
We tried her crib over the Christmas break. We wanted her to get used to it and put her in there every morning for an hour to entertain herself while we got a little more sleep. But our silly mistake was giving her a toy, so suddenly it was a play area. After when I tried to put her down in it whilst she was napping she would stir, open her eyes a fraction, realise where she was and suddenly be wide awake because she thought it was play time.
So, what to do? Because buying a bigger bed was not an option.
May I introduce you to the Babybay!
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I was so incredibly excited about the arrival of this gem. The real benefit? I assembled the entire thing myself during nap time! It took me less than twenty minutes and that included reading the instructions three or four times. It’s real wood and as you can see from the photos, it’s sturdy, so I have no qualms about her safety while she’s in it.
This marvellous invention clamps onto the side of the bed, so it’s level to your mattress (the height is adjustable) and the little bub is right there in arms reach. But in her own space. Essentially it promotes co-sleeping the easier way, without me having to encroach on D’s side or half-falling off the bed. I’ve loved having Jellybean in the bed, but she’s over six months old now and she’s starting to wiggle around a bit more. Every night I stuffed my maternity pillow between the nightstand and bed for fear she would roll off the bed. The Babybay eliminates that worry completely.
I introduced Jellybean to the crib in the day, she was intrigued and happily sat in it for a couple of minutes. Later on I let her fall asleep during a feed and transitioned her to the Babybay. She stirred slightly, saw I was still next to her and closed her eyes, she napped for two hours! Her first night she lasted until 3am, I gave up at 5am and snuggled her in next to me, but persevered the next night. She’s steadily lasting a little longer each night but because we’re practising a gentle transition it will take a little while, which I’m okay with.
I know at six months some parents already have or are starting to move their little one into their own room, but I really don’t think we’re ready for that. The Babybay allows us to co-sleep comfortably for another little while and I guess we’ll see about slowly transitioning her to the crib after that.
And if another one comes along I’ll be using the Babybay from the get-go!
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