I have loved all of the special time that I get with my son thanks to the fact that I have gotten so many cuddles from him when he naps and sleeps with me; however he is now turning 8 months old and I am realizing that he is not sleeping as well as he should be. He wakes often when he sleeps in my arms or sleeps next to me in bed. I am too much of a distraction which is why I decided I need to sleep train my son. This was not an easy decision because he is clingy and he does often scream if I leave the room. He also does not stay asleep if I lay him down once he fell asleep.
I knew this would be a daunting task, but I never knew he could scare me as much as he did. For this I want to share my story with you all so that maybe you can prevent something like this from happening to your child like it did mine!
The Sleep Training Failure
I read up on a few different techniques on how to sleep train your child and decided I would attempt the “cry it out” method, but I was not willing to let him cry for over 30 minutes. I tried this on night one and he cried for exactly 30 minutes before passing out. I was so excited until I noticed that I could not find his legs on the video monitor. (He was wearing black pajamas on a navy blue sheet so I wasn’t too surprised) After staring for a couple minutes thinking it was odd I decided to peek on him.
I tip toed into the room and my eyes got wide; both of his legs were in between the crib slats! One leg I could tell was stuck. My heartbeat sped up and I panicked for a minute. I then decided I needed to fix his leg and risk waking him up. I got one leg free and really had to work the other one free. The cries and screams that came out of his mouth while I did this broke my heart! I quickly scooped him into my arms and held him tight. I soothed him back to sleep and laid him back down.
I barely slept that night. I was so scared that I was constantly checking the video monitor.
On day two things went well. He cried for 10 minutes and I kept watch on the monitor. I noticed every time he moved and was very nervous, but when he was still for an hour I thought things would be okay. I was wrong; when we woke up hubby got up to get the little man for some morning milk and ran into the same scene I ran into. He had to pry his little leg out and it took lots of milk to calm him down this time. It was after this that I knew I had to change something or one of these times my son would really be hurt.
That’s when I found this amazing product!
I scoured the internet until I found these mesh bumpers for his crib. I knew that regular bumpers are not allowed in cribs because they can be a suffocation hazard. These are different because they still cover the bars in the crib while also still allowing air too pass through the material in case my little man decides to press his face against the bumper. I did a lot of research and found that BreathableBaby‘s Mesh Crib Bumper had some of the best reviews around. I bit the bullet and DO NOT REGRET a thing!
I swear that if you have an active baby you will want to look into this product because it will save you a lot of peace of mind and possibly prevent your child from injuring themselves.
Do you use a mesh bumper in your child’s crib?
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