Your daily Nico:
So we are having some sleep issues around here. Anyone who has any advice, feel free to send it. So Nico s 10 weeks old, and has, since day one, slept in a bassinet next to our bed. I handle most of the night time feedings, and have had up until this week, almost no trouble getting the boy to sleep. I usually nurse, swaddle, and rock him. He usually goes to sleep like a charm. I put him in the bassinet and he stays asleep for 5-6 hours at night. Dave, when he tries to help, would bottle feed, swaddle and rock the boy, and would try to put him in the bassinet only to have the boy awake 5-10 minutes later. I assumed that the malfunction was Dave and that Nico wasnt getting to all the way to sleep enough before Dave tried to put him in the bassinet.
Fast forward to this weekend. Nico got his 2 month shots on Thursday and slept most of the day. Friday night though- same old routine- seems asleep until he goes into his bassinet, but then is awake 5 minutes later. This was funny when it’s Dave having to deal with this. But now I cant transition him into the bassinet (and have him remain asleep). I assumed that part of the problem might be that he is getting too big to swaddle, so we took him out of the swaddle blanket on Saturday night… and on Sunday I only swaddled his legs. But same story- I rock him till he is asleep and go to put him in the bassinent. He fusses a bit… and keeps fussing… and then all of a sudden he is awake and crying.
One thing that might be important here, is that we got a cold front this week (starting on Friday). Our house is kind of old and with poor insulation, so it gets kind of cold in here. I was wondering, is it possible that the boy could be getting cold? The thermostat has been reading 68 degrees in the house. I know that the ideal temperature for sleeping for the boy is 70 degrees, and he’s been sleeping in a sleeper, with the swaddling blanket… and a blanket folded and tucked around his legs. What do you moms think?
Whats crazy is that I am working on a PhD that examines infant mortality (including SIDS) and it was so bad that the last two nights we’ve tried co-sleeping (like the hippies do) and have brought him to bed with us… (we have one of those cosleeper things) which raises its own set of problems. I think Nico sleeps just as well with us as he does by himself… which is easy to see- if you’re a baby who doesnt like sleeping in a big fluffy bed with warm parents who love you? But I dont sleep as well, which is a good reason not to do this. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I want the boy back in his own bassinet to sleep at night.