Thursday, May 24, 2012

Baby Under Furniture #5 and Crib Transition

Pearl is finding more interesting furniture to explore now that she can crawl, but she can get herself out now so I usually don't have time to photograph her adventures.  Here are a couple I was able to capture...
 We transitioned Pearl to the crib a few weeks ago.  She has slept through the night since she was two months old, but now that she is in the crib, it doesn't happen anymore.  Some nights she just wakes up one or two times and goes to sleep easily if I go in there to lay her down and rub her face.  I don't know why rubbing her face works, but sometimes it does.
Other nights are terrible.  Like last night for example.  She went to bed around 9:30, woke up at 10:45, I got her back to sleep, woke up at 12:00, I got her back to sleep, then again at 2:00, and I couldn't get her to sleep again.  I finally gave up and just took her to bed with me where she slept soundly until 7am.
I've tried letting her "cry it out" a couple of times for 20 minutes.  She never gives up though and rams her head into the side of the crib trying to crawl around in the dark.  I don't feel comfortable  letting her do that.  Also, after trying the cry it out method one night, she lost her voice the next day from all of the screaming.  She sounded so pathetic, I felt terrible.  Clearly, this method does not work for us.
If you have suggestions on anything else to try, please share!


  1. Ugghhh... I know how frustrating this can be. The crying it out method doesn't work for us either - even though Holden doesn't crawl he manages to scoot his way up and ram his head into the crib, too. And when he really gets going he does not give up either. ;( If you aren't using a white noise macine, definitely try that. Hold off on any late afternoon/evening naps? Feed oatmeal or something before bed to ensure a really full tummy. Gas drops before bed. That's all I got. ;( Hopefully something will just click and she will adjust soon.

  2. Is she swaddled? We had a similar issue with Oliver when he was around 4 months (he couldn't crawl yet) but we started swaddling him again and he then he slept much better. Another thing we did with both boys, was give them a small bottle in bed (i know it's supposedly frowned upon) but they would drink their milk and pass back out the rest of the night. Really you just have to try a few things for a few nights to see what will work. good luck!

    1. We never swaddled her arms in. She hated it from the start. I have never tried a bottle. I don't really want to pump every night, but I guess it would be worth it if it worked!

  3. yeah, crying it out didn't work for X either. Not that we didn't try! :) Some things that have helped us: 1. Keeping on the closet light so he has some light in his room 2. Putting a shirt that I've worn all day in the crib with him 3. As we transitioned we did crib first at naptimes then at night until his first wake then back to bed with us, eventually it would be til his second wake and then back to bed with us, and finally he sleeps in there all night even if he wakes in the middle of the night (I'll feed him and then put him back in his crib after the feeding)

    Hope that you find what works for you and pearl!

  4. I don't really have any advice, just sympathy. Give it time. Eventually she'll get it. Hang in there, I know how hard and frustrating it can be!

  5. gah. we're going through this right now too. the wriggling/rolling over makes for some fun times:-) I'm trying to stick to a "schedule" during the day, at least two naps and all that jazz. Some nights he sleeps all the way through, but usually he wakes up once for a feeding. Depends on the perfect trifecta of things, I suppose:-) Also, like Jenni said: something that smells like you is really soothing to them. The Bean was rolling all over the place this afternoon during his nap, fussing, and being a stinker and then the instant I put one of my shirts in with him, he calmed down! They definitely are keeping us on our toes! xoxo

  6. I love how adventurous Pearl is. She is so cute getting under everything! I wish I had advice to help you out!

  7. Really sweet photographs :). No advice on the sleeping but I hope it improves soon!
    The Dorothy Days

  8. I always love seeing this little cutie under the furniture! :)
    And - believe me - I'm not the right person to give you advice on that. :/ But I hope you'll find something that works soon!!

  9. She's adorable. We would sit in the room... on a rocking chair, and wait until the kids fell back to sleep. This was the routine for a while, until they were able to self soothe themselves. My youngest is 3 years and still needs to be reassured at night once in a while. She's still very young and the big crib might seem like a big scary place still. Good luck!

  10. Poor little Pearl :-( I have no kids so I have nooo idea... But I feel bad for you both! You both need to sleep! But how amazing that she can sleep through the night since she was 2mos! A blessing!
    Janette, the Jongleur


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