That’s right! Wahoo! Everyone is sleeping soundly in the Hartzell household. But now the biggest question remains…WHERE is everyone sleeping? I have good news all around. Jed is sleeping in nice 4-5 hour chunks in his bassinet, which means Mommy and Daddy are sleeping well, and the biggest news of all…Baby has been successfully transitioned back to her big girl bed! Now you ask…how did I do it? Should I insert the disclaimer here that this method may not work for others?
I wanted to start the transition over Thanksgiving weekend. With that plan, I knew we would have a few days to sleep in or take naps if the nights were rough. On Thursday morning, I had Baby help me make her big girl bed with cozy flannel sheets covered in pastel conversation hearts. It was a little early for Valentine’s Day, but she liked them, so who was I to say no. Next, we added all her stuffed animals and her 3 snuggle blankets to the bed. I teased Baby that there was so much stuff in the bed, there wasn’t enough room for Mommy. She promptly moved aside two Care Bears to prove me wrong. Third, we went to bed a little earlier that evening so we could snuggle and talk about the day. Together we rediscovered what was so great about having a big girl bed and a big girl room. It also didn’t hurt that Baby was exhausted from all the Thanksgiving festivities. She quickly fell asleep and I crept out of the room before I fell asleep too.
The next morning Baby woke up happy and came into our room proudly exclaiming she slept in her big girl bed all night by herself. I thought, it couldn’t be this easy, could it? Baby thrives on regular routines like most kids, but she is always surprising me in her ability to adapt and understand when things change. I was hoping she would take the new baby’s bassinet in our room in similar stride.
When Jed was born, and after being in the hospital away four nights, I decided it was ok for Baby to sleep in my bed that first night home if she asked. She did, and I said yes. I wanted Baby to feel included and secure with her place in our newly expanded family. I had used all the hints from other mothers of bringing home a sibling, so this could only reinfornce Baby’s security. She must have felt really secure, because she slept like a rock (even through a few crying spells from Jed). The next evening I was only slightly surprised to hear that Baby wanted to sleep in her own room. I was very proud of her to have made the decision on her own. She is growing up so fast and it shows. I know one day when she is older, she probably won’t want me around as much. So for now, when I get the occasional “Do you want to lay down with me, Mommy?” at bedtime, I will happily jump at the chance.