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18/06/2013 at 07:50
Annie is really restless at night and I think it's the crib that's the problem as she keeps kicking the sides and shifting round so her head is against the bars. I've experimented with different layers of clothing and sleeping bags, feeding or not feeding, dummy - no dummy. The only other thing it could be is teeth. Anyway we have very limited space hence why we bought a crib, I thought she could be in there until she is around 6 months and then if she's sleeping through she can go in her brother's room in a cotbed - we would have to shift the room around and it would be a squeeze but I think it could be done.
Now I'm wondering how feasible it is a baby sharing with a 4.5 year old, I don't think he'd be able to leave her alone and I would worry. He mainly just likes to give her kisses but he's also a bit naughty and will put her bib over her face to get a reaction from me. Or he would just talk and talk!
So do we squeeze her cotbed into our room, leaving no space for bedside table, no room to get ready in front of mirror? Do we buy a cot which would save us 20cms length and 10 in width? Or stick with the restless nights in the crib and put her in with N in a few months' time and just make sure he knows to leave her alone [he does get it if we explain things]. Or is there a magical 4th option that I haven't considered?
ETA the travel cots here are about the same size of a cotbed.
18/06/2013 at 09:57
Could you try her in a cotbed just to see if it helps? Maybe do it for a week, with N in with your H, and you sleeping in N's bed with Annie in the cotbed?
To be honest my A was really shuffly, grunting etc at night until very recently, and that was in the Moses basket and his cot. It eased when we started cosleeping but I'm not sure if it was the cosleeping or whether he just grew out of it - we did have some shuffly nights with him in our bed.
Stop me if this is just a ridiculously stupid idea but could you secure a mosquito net over her in the cotbed to stop N getting to her?! I think he would leave her alone if you weren't there, you could explain that she's sleeping so he won't kiss her and he wouldn't bother putting her bib over her face if you weren't there to react.
18/06/2013 at 10:10
Ha I would never have thought of the mosquito net idea! I don't think I want to try putting N in with H and me sleeping in N's room, I think it would be a bit confusing for him plus he is a nightmare to sleep with, H would get kicked out despite it being a huge bed! We could just put the cotbed up I suppose but I need to order a new mattress for it...or if we buy a travel cot with a proper mattress and wheels I could at least shift it around so I can get ready. Hmm.
18/06/2013 at 11:40
That could be an idea actually, take the travel cot down in the morning?
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