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How I sleep

November 19, 2007 9:24 pm
Posted by: heather
How I sleep

This picture says it all. Jace can now easily roll from his back to his front so no matter how you put him down in his, he ends up like this. All the literature says to have kids sleep on their backs these days due to increased risk of SIDS but even his doctor said its not like there is any way we are going to stop him from rolling.

The first couple of nights he slept like this, he slept fabulously. Then last week we went through a not so good phase. It started with him waking up twice instead of once to eat. He was pretty hungry so I don’t begrudge the kid his food. The problems began when he wouldn’t go back to sleep. He was certainly tired enough but even if he fell asleep in your arms, he woke up and screamed as soon as you put him down in his crib. We had no clue what was wrong or what to do. One guess was that he was teething, another guess was gas issues, and the last one was it was just a phase and he would grow out of it. I did a little research and asked other mom’s on some online groups and pretty much narrowed it down to the last option. He is so much more aware of his surroundings these days an apparently this can be rather scary at times. I was afraid of how long the phase might last since I was getting desperate for sleep but by this weekend he seemed to have gone back to normal.

I also bought him a little blue rabbit blankie to hug. It is super soft and has ears to play with. I had a bunny I carried everywhere by its ears when I was little so I though he might like one too.

2 Responses to “How I sleep”

Holly Stephens wrote a comment on November 20, 2007

I read that a nightlight can help… but I don’t know that it’s done anything one way or the other for Coby. As far as back-sleeping and SIDS, I was under the impression that once they can roll, the risk of SIDS is a ton lower anyway. (Coby’s been sleeping on his stomach, much more happily, since 7-ish months, which was actually _before_ he could roll, but we were just tired of him sleeping crappily and it seemed to help to let him sleep on his stomach. Now that he can roll and crawl and pull up, he still chooses to sleep on his stomach.)

Have you read _Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child_ by Marc Weissbluth? That helped me…
-Holly

Stef wrote a comment on November 27, 2007

I can’t wait until I can sleep on my tummy again! Go Jace!

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