I hope you are all having a great Monday!
We had a great week with my dad visiting, seeing the huge sea lion at the Seward Sea Life Center, hiking up Exit Glacier, going on a bike ride, running a half marathon, and climbing up Flattop. I just cried dropping him off at the airport (like I always do when it’s time to say “bye” to family again) but I am ready for a few days of quiet. It’s been a busy week! We’re tired!
We have a week and a half before our next set of visitors come ( bro & sis in law & 1 year old nephew!) and something we really want to work on before that is the sleeping situation with our kiddos. I know these transitions will probably be easier than they seem, but I still have a lot of questions.
I’d love to hear what has worked for your family!
Lucas in crib.
Joshua in pack n’ play.
Joshua in our room — waking up multiple times at night.
Lucas in his room — sleeps through the night. (most nights.)
I want to get Joshua out of our bedroom and in the same room as Lucas. He is waking up way too much at night out of pure habit and routine.
Goal: (time goal is a little over a week, before next family comes to visit.)
Both boys in their shared room
Lucas in bed (I think this should be a fairly easy as he already loves it and asks to sleep in it.)
Joshua in crib
1. If we put Joshua in the crib in their bedroom while he is still waking up all night, Lucas will also wake up. I was thinking we would put Joshua in the pack n’ play, in the guest room for a week or so while we worked on getting him to sleep longer stretches at night. Then once he is sleeping better, move him to the crib.
2. Is that too many transitions? Bassinet –> pack n’ play in moms room –> pack n’ play in guest room –> crib in new bedroom. Maybe just go straight to the crib and work on everyone sleeping at once??
3. Gate: If we put a gate at Lucas’s door way, he can’t get out. But, he can’t come get us if he needs us, either. But I guess that isn’t any different when he’s in his crib and he calls for us. We worry about him waking up in the middle of the night and walking around or coming downstairs or something. I don’t want to put a gate at the top of the stairs, I think that would be such a hassle to walk over/move it every time we go up and down the stairs which is a lot throughout the day.
I think maybe the best option would be to put up a gate at night so he can’t leave. But then we can’t close the door. The door needs to be closed so the room stays quiet and dark. SO- maybe no gate and door closed and just teach him that he doesn’t leave his room till mom & dad come get him. Is that a crazy thought?
4. What about safety for Lucas in the bedroom? All outlet covers are covered, there are only books & clothes in his room (no toys) there is a fan — but I don’t think he would play with it. Dresser is on wall, closet doors are closed.
What else am I missing? Tell me everything I need to know!