I am a new parent and have recently started co-sleeping with my 8-month old baby. I have noticed that sometimes my baby's sleep routine gets interrupted due to teething or illness. I am struggling to manage these interruptions while co-sleeping.
Can anyone suggest some strategies for me to manage these interruptions while co-sleeping without disturbing my baby's sleep routine? I am open to any suggestions or advice from experienced co-sleeping parents.
Thank you in advance for your help!
Hey there all,
As a new mom who recently adopted co-sleeping with my 5-month old baby, interruptions to my baby’s sleep routine has been a big challenge. One technique that has proven effective for me is creating a calming environment within the bedroom. This means dimming the lights, minimizing noise and keeping the room cool. The room is also free from distractions such as toys or TV, and the sheets and blankets are made with soft materials to maximize comfort.
Another strategy that has worked well when my baby is experiencing restlessness due to teething or illness, is to rely on natural remedies to ease their discomfort. For instance, I use chamomile tea to help calm my baby or provide small amounts of baby-safe herbal remedies with the guidance of a pediatrician. It is always important to check with your baby’s doctor before using any herbal remedies, just to be on the safe side.
Lastly, I have found that being responsive to my baby’s cries during interruptions is important. For instance, I can tell when my baby is mildly uncomfortable and feeling disoriented due to an illness, so I sometimes sit upright in bed to rock my baby back to sleep or hum a soothing tune until my baby falls asleep.
I hope these strategies help other co-sleeping parents manage the disruptions and uncertainty that come with parenting a teething or sick baby while co-sleeping.