It seems like every medical expert will agree… you need to put your baby in their own bassinet, crib, or container of choice… on their back. Swaddle them up, put them in a sleep sack, no pillows, blankets, toys, or anything cozy or fun. Well, Mr Medical Expert… I have some news for you. When I get to my own house… and my child is screaming… and you aren’t there to help… I’m gonna do whatever it takes to get my baby to fall asleep. If you have a problem with this, you are by all means welcome to come to my home and stay awake with a screaming baby. I will just pop in some ear plugs and nod off while you “work your magic.”
Let’s be real. No one follows all of the rules laid out by medical professionals 100% of the time. (Heck… half of the time, the professionals can’t even agree on the “correct” way to do things.) As (new) parents, we just have to wing it. What works for one kid won’t necessarily work for the next. You know how my baby naps? Usually, however he passes out. Tummy time (as previously mentioned) always results in Munchie face planting and falling asleep. I, like any responsible parent, check to make sure he is breathing and then just leave him alone. I’m not going to risk a little peace and quiet by moving the sleeping baby. I might be a little crazy… but I’m not a freaking lunatic!
Since Munchie has colic (and Mommy diagnosed reflux), he doesn’t like sleeping flat on his back. (Such sleeping position also results in baby vomit… everywhere.) So… he sleeps in his Monkey Rocker. We swaddle him up, stick him in, and add a cozy blanket. Every morning, he wakes up around 6am and refuses to go back to sleep… UNLESS I plop him face down on my chest. I tuck the covers in really tight on either side of me, so he can’t fall off the bed, and we can sleep like this for another 2-3 hours. Doctor approved? No. Mommy and Daddy approved? Yes.
I can’t function if I don’t get sleep. Without rest, I’m a useless mom, wife, and human being. I have to do whatever it takes to get sleep sometimes. I’m not the first, or last, mom who will feel this way… or not directly follow medical advice. Keep in mind… if you want to judge me for the way I let Munchie sleep… you are more than welcome to come and take the night shift in our home!
So… I’m curious moms… what kind of medical rules did you bend to maintain your own sanity?