Sleep Training

I’m finally getting around to sleep training Gus.

“Oh, but wait. Isn’t Gus almost two?” you might ask.

Yes. Yes he is.

Should I have done this a long time ago? Probably.

Did I want or need to? Not at all. So obviously, I didn’t.

I know bed-sharing isn’t for everyone. I certainly never planned on doing it, but desperate, exhausting times call for snugly measures. I’ll save you from a bunch of hippie-nonsense, and just say that having him nearby at night felt very natural to me.

Up until recently, we didn’t have any major issues with Gus sleeping in our room. We still don’t, really, but in a few weeks I’m leaving town for a few days for a friend’s wedding, and I always planned on moving Gus to his own room before baby #2 was a possibility – so we figured might as well do it already.

After a week at the beach, we came home and immediately transitioned all our bedtime stuff to his room, and I’ve spent the last two nights sleeping with him on mattress on his floor.

It’s. Awful.

The mattress is a billion years old, and it’s on the floor, and I’m not getting any younger and OMG I miss my sweet, sweet fancy mattress that’s right down the hall.

BUT! I think it’s going well. In fact, the last two days, he’s napped ON HIS OWN. This hasn’t happened since he was a newborn. With the exception of him napping in the car, every nap he’s EVER taken has been in my arms.

Thankfully during our week at the beach, Gus decided he didn’t want to sleep without his stuffed duck and Curious George. So they’re along for the ride and have made the switch easier for him, I think.

So, my plan (and God love you if you’re still reading – listening to other people talking about their kids sleeping habits is the worst, I know) is to move him to his crib starting tomorrow.

Keep your fingers crossed. As nice and natural co-sleeping has been for us, it would be even nicer to be able to stay out after bedtime every so often, or actually get something accomplished during naptime (not that I don’t love some quality Netflix time). And have I mentioned how much I miss. my. bed.


7 thoughts on “Sleep Training

  1. I HATE talking with other parents about their children’s sleep habits because it seems like everyone did sleep training when their kids were 6-9 months old, and I just didn’t. Evelyn spends the first part of the night in her bed, and the rest in mine. This post gives me hope that it’s not too late to sleep “train” an older child! Evie only naps on her own for 30 mins max and the rest of the time, I’m chained to the bed. not always a bad thing, but sometimes it’s just…I’d like some free time. So thanks for the hope!

    • I’ve been putting it off for so long because I’m terrified it’s going to be a nightmare. My backup plan is to wait until he’s old enough to bribe, like for real. I’m not above bribes if it means I can sleep a little better.

  2. To be honest, we still co-sleep. This way we all get more sleep. Now that I am pregnant, I have moved to another bed to give me more room. I grew up co-sleeping, we do not have multiple bedrooms in Mumbai, a single bedroom is all what we had and my brother and my parents shared it. I beleive when the time is right my son will choose to move out on his own(day care peer pressure). So where I am getting at is, you know best, dont feel “judged” because you didnt sleep train when the rest of the world did.
    Good luck!

    • I slept in my mom’s room for a long time as a child, it seems like such a natural thing to do for me. My main motivation to stop now is my son doesn’t always sleep soundly if I need to get up and use the bathroom, and I’m afraid once I’m pregnant again it’ll be a bigger problem. But I didn’t want to move him to his room because I was pregnant, you know, and have him feel displaced by a new baby. All that to say I’m trying to be proactive. And maybe a little selfish, haha.

  3. If I’m home Max still nurses to sleep, occasionally he doesn’t, but that’s not often. Once he’s asleep I put him in the crib. For naps he sleeps about 2 or 3 hours. The grandmother’s and Timmy usually rock or sit with him until he falls asleep. Bedtime he’ll sleep for about 3 or 4 hours before he’s calling for me. Me. It seems like everytime were getting ahead with sleeping longer at night we go away, or a tooth, or he’s sick or something. There’s always something. I’m going away for a long weekend in November. I hope him and Timmy survive and that nursing in the middle of the night slows down. I mean, I love him and I’ve really loved nursing him, but I’m old and tired.

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