My baby boy has been a really good sleeper since about 9 weeks. Later than some, but I’m not complaining. Not to mention, he had a traumatic hospital stay, a couple days before he turned 9 weeks, for almost a week. We, then, found out that he preferred to be in a swaddled, which has become a life changer in the sleep department!
When he came home, we continued with our normal routine – bath, lotion massage, jammies, swaddle and nursing to sleep. After he was asleep, I’d transfer him into the RnP. I’ve used them since my 5 year old was a baby. I liked the incline, especially for my babies that had reflux! Plus, my babies slept great in them!
A couple weeks ago, I started hearing tragic stories of babies that have passed away in them, from positional asphyxiation. I couldn’t believe it! Another unsafe place for baby to sleep. And, he was doing SO WELL with it! But, I couldn’t risk my child’s life over a good night’s sleep! Even if it was just him that was sleeping well. Mama was up checking on him all night!
So, I prepared myself for a horrible transition. He hadn’t ever slept on a flat surface, so he was used to incline. I figured we would be up several times, and I would possibly cave, and put him back in the RnP. I didn’t want to cave, but certain circumstances call for desperate measures!
The night came. I gave myself a pep talk. I could do this! We would be OK. I was trying to be optimistic, but deep down, I was nervous. Not only for the transition, but him sleeping in the bassinet, in general. We did our normal routine, he fell asleep nursing, like usual, and I transferred him to the bassinet, next to the RnP. As I finished lying him down, I stood over him, waiting for him to start fussing. He didn’t. He continued to sleep peacefully, and did so for over 6 hours!!! Mom win! I was nervous for nothing!
It’s been wonderful not worrying as much about where he’s sleeping! His well-being is #1. I’d die if anything ever happened to him! And, I will do everything in my power to make sure nothing ever does.