The first five weeks were utter chaos. Lucy would only sleep if either me or Kyle were holding her. As soon as we put her down she would scream like a banshee. No, she didn’t have reflux. No, she wasn’t hungry. No, she didn’t need a diaper change. The temperature of the room was just right, she wasn’t too hot or too cold. We had white noise on. We even had something called a Twilight Ladybug that would project stars onto the ceiling for her to look at! She just wanted her parents. Can I blame her? No, I can’t. If I could, I’d hold her all day long! But, I need sleep too, and I didn’t feel comfortable co-sleeping. Kyle and I took shifts for the first 5 weeks, but that meant we really didn’t get to see each other all that much. Then, I remembered this little contraption I got from our baby shower. The Fisher Price Rock & Play. I read some posts on my birth board about how other babies who hated sleeping alone would actually sleep in this! So, I decided to give it a try.
That Fisher Price Rock & Play was a lifesaver. Lucy actually slept in it! She started sleeping 8-10 hours and her Daddy & I were no longer sleep deprived zombies. If you have a newborn who is having issues sleeping on their own in their crib or pack & play, I definitely suggest looking into this!
Recently, sometime between 3 and 4 months, I started switching Lucy over to her pack & play. I felt that she was getting a little too big for the Rock & Play, even though it has a weight limit of 25 lbs and she’s only around 15. She still gets to nap in there but I want her to have more space to stretch out and be comfy at night! It was a little bit of a transition, I had to “help” her get to sleep more often which was something I never had to do in the Rock & Play.
All good things must come to an end, though, I suppose. Right now, we’re in some sort of MEGA sleep regression. She’s waking up almost every hour at night for her pacifier, and at least once a night she totally freaks out and reverts back to her newborn ways of wanting to be held so she can sleep. Being sleep deprived is part of being a parent, and at least I can say I got 5 awesome months of sleep.
If you have any tips on how I can get my 5 month old to sleep through the night AGAIN, please share!