Sleep in your own bed!

I’ve never had much luck with getting babies/kids to sleep, so I was surprised when Baby #4,  was easy to settle into a routine. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. Now I’m back to square one and I don’t know what to do!

All my children have slept in their cot from the beginning and B was no different. At bedtime I’d just tuck him in and he’d easily settle himself to sleep. He wakes up for his feed, then he’s straight back into the cot and settles again. I’m not sure what happened, but now things are different.

Ever since he was able to pull himself to stand in his cot, he just despises being in there. Even at nap times during the day now too. I put him in bed and he just cries, rolls over and gets up. Proceeding to wail until I collect him. And he can cry for a good hour.

The only time I can get him into his bed to sleep is when he is already asleep. Even then, he has to be well zonked in order to placed in bed. It’s like he has this built in height sensor, and can tell when he is being lowered and will wake up before he even touches the mattress!

He wakes up only once a night for a feed, but now once he is finished I cannot get him to go back to sleep in his own bed. I have a mattress on the floor next to his cot, just so I can lay down with him and get him back to sleep. It’s a habit I’m struggling to break.

In addition to this, I also have the other 3 kids alternating sleeping in my bed with me. So each night I go to my own bed, sharing with one of the 3 older kids, then in the middle of the night I switch to the babies room.

I think once B starts sleeping through the night I won’t have this issue anymore. But my other children didn’t start sleeping through until they were 2 years old! What will I do!? What would you do? When did your babies start sleeping through?


  1. Soni says

    You have my sympathies, but I have it harder than you! My son, who is 2.5 years, still wakes up 3 times a night for breastfeeds! So I obviously can’t give you any advice!

  2. says

    Oh Liz, what a bloody nightmare. We have at least one of our three in our bed at night. It won’t last forever, but mine took forever to sleep through and even now they are 2.5, 4 and 6, they still wake up heaps. My advice, try not to fight it, it will pass. But be kind to yourself in the meantime xx
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