Daylight Savings Ruined My Baby's Sleep

Sona Charaipotra
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clocksBack in the day, I used to relish the idea of daylight savings time and that extra hour in bed. Naturally, this year I was hoping for the same. But baby Kavya has other ideas. 

Since Sunday, Kavi's been up bright and early. Except it hasn't actually been bright. Just early.

Yup, that's right. My baby doesn't get daylight savings time. And really, she doesn't get the concept of sleepy-time all that much either.

It wouldn't be such a huge deal, except for the fact that my husband and I aren't getting all that much sleep to begin with. By the time she was 6 months old, Kavi was sleeping through the night. And we should have been counting our blessings, because that only lasted a short while. Now, it's been three months of a wacky sleep schedule or, really, lack thereof. 

This morning, she was up at 5:45 a.m. and ready to play. Granted, she went to sleep at 9, so she'd been in bed -- our bed, naturally -- for quite a while. But she doesn't spend all that time asleep. She's been getting up every so often to eat. I know it's a combination of clingy-ness and routine, but I'm not sure what to do about it at this point.

Since she was sick earlier this month, she's absolutely given up on the crib. She wakes up as soon as we try to move her to it, and she won't stay in it if one of us isn't hovering over her.

When it's all said and done, I know it's not a big deal. We're hoping it's a phase, but I know we run the risk of forming a habit. Of "spoiling" her.

All I know is, given her wake-up habits, I get more sleep with her in our bed than with her in the crib. And so, as much as we're reluctant to do so, we've been letting her crash with us in the bed. Do we just keep putting her in the crib and hoping she's get used to it? If we did that, we wouldn't get any sleep at all.

I have to admit, I sometimes like having her around to cuddle with. But it's not a really restful situation for myself or my husband. Maybe it's time to resort to one of those books on baby sleep solutions? I've picked up several, but I haven't had the heart to read them, let alone try those cry-it-out methodologies.

Anyone manage to get baby out of their bed and back into the crib? How did you get your little one to sleep through the night?


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