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So for those of you mamas that co-sleep, has anyone spent a night away from baby and if so, what did your sitter/caregiver do? DH and I are going to a wedding out of town next month for 1 night and we're leaving Emily with my parents.
The problem is that I always co-sleep with her and not even DH can get her down without me (I know, I know, I've made her a dependent sleeper). In preparation I've been trying to get Emily to sleep more in the PNP and/or crib but she'll only stay in there for 30 minute naps and then she wants out. So what do I do? I was thinking I could probably get my mom to sleep with her in their guest room. She's a super light sleeper and watches Emily like a hawk so I completely trust her, even though I hate to ask her to do it because I have a feeling that she'll end up watching her all night and get no sleep. What do you guys think?
I haven't slept away from him yet...how are you getting her to sleep? Does she go to sleep on her own or is she rocked etc.? If there is a routine, perhaps have DH practice with her? You may want to practice it a few times with your DH there when she wakes up to calm her down and help her back to sleep so she gets used to seeing someone other than you. Also, how close is your mom to you? Could she come and try a few times before so again, its not a huge surprise and shock to her?
Hmmmm, I would try to get her sleeping in the PNP more often. In a month's time she should be fine.
Does she nurse when you co-sleep? The reason I ask is because she might try to go for it with your mom if she sleeps with her and when she sees there is nothing she may have a fit...
I like Jess's idea of a "dry run" with your mom before you actually have to be away. That's a tricky one and I don't have any advice because I've never co-slept with my babies. I really hope it goes well for you. Xxx.
This just happened last night actually taylrs mom just slept with him in the guest room. she just "bunkered" the bed lol. she put pillows and blankets all up so he couldnt fall off lol. i have "trained" tuckr to take a bottle at night (tho he prefers to nurse at night) but incase something did arise that he needed a bottle at night. He fusses a little bit but he eventually is ok.
Well, I haven't slept away officially, but I've been away a couple of days at a few births. Even though I co-sleep, I always do a bed time routine and put my babies to bed in their own bed first. Then I bring them to bed with me when I hit the bed a few hours later. My husband doesn't co-sleep with the kids, but it doesn't seem to bother them. I think they rely more on the bedtime routine than co-sleeping. I think the only reason he wants to sleep with me is so he can sleep nurse.
Even though Rowan hasn't gone yet, the other kids usually co-sleep with their grandparents when they sleep there until 3 or 4.
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I coslept with my son, and he would refuse to go to sleep with my husband. I worried about leaving him with my parents but do you know he fell asleep nicely, and slept in the rock n play without a problem? Everytime he went over there was the same way. I think he associated DH with me and gave him issues, Mel is the same way. Emily will be fine, your mom will probably find her own special way to put her to sleep that works for them. If you're worried though maybe try it for a night beforehand (it will give you and DH some much needed alone time) and if she's having major issues you can always drive over and help out.