I know, I know... here I am talking about sleep again. But I'm in need of a little help with a couple *issues* that I'm hoping some of you may have had some experience with. Believe it or not, bedtime is AMAZING now. What happens after bedtime, however, has turned into crazy town up in here.
A couple months ago, we decided to start putting L in her crib because she's fond of the diagonal starfish sleeping position, and I wasn't getting any sleep at all. Surprisingly, she did great her first night while I cried myself to sleep. For the most part, she's been in her crib ever since, unless she's having a tough night, in which case she's in bed with us. So, here's where things get complicated.
1. I'm having trouble keeping her warm enough at night. By two weeks, she wanted to and was able to break out of even the tightest swaddle, so we gave up that practice long ago. I started putting her to bed in sleep sacks, but noticed that she slept much better on nights that she didn't wear one. I was uncomfortable with having loose blankets in her crib, so I came up with this weird technique where I would lay down two folded Aiden + Anais blankets, put her on top of them, and then pull up the flaps and tuck them under her... kind of like a rolled taco. This worked pretty well for a while, and I think the snugness of the blankets wrapped around her was plenty to keep her warm. Sure enough though, as soon as she discovered side sleeping, this technique didn't work as well, and she'd wake up flustered in a jumbled mess of blankets. Then, I decided to tuck the folded blankets into the foot of the bed along with a baby quilt. Since she's such a reckless sleeper, the blankets get kicked off in no time at all. Usually, by the time she wakes up for a bottle, her little body is FREEZING. I wish I could explain to her that staying warm requires keeping the blankets on, but you know the drill. The other morning she woke up and I assumed she wanted a bottle. She was really crying, so I put her in bed next to Joe and she passed out instantly. I realized that she wanted warmth, not food. I felt horrible. Now, if she wakes up on especially cold mornings, I'll put her in bed with us and sure enough, that does the trick. As you can see, I need suggestions. Unfortunately, her footed sleeper just isn't cutting it. I'd turn the heater on, but is it me, or is sleeping with the heater on horribly uncomfortable?
2. Ok, next. She's mastered rolling from her back to her stomach, and she LOVES it. When we put her on the floor to play, it's impossible to keep her on her back now. And unlike most babies who roll and then practically lose their minds because they're so annoyed by being on their bellies, she's as happy as a clam. She picks her head up high with a shit-eating grin on her face, and it almost looks as if she can't believe how amazing she is for being so skilled in the art of rolling. This surprises me as much as the next mom because she started out hating tummy time just as much as every other baby. Well, she loves rolling so much that she feels the need to do it ALL the time, including while she's sleeping. Which is fine, except for the fact that she has NO CLUE how to roll back. During the day, while she's hanging out, it's fine because, like I said, she enjoys being face down. But at night, when she wants to reposition herself and can't, it gets a little infuriating for her. A couple nights ago, I was up every hour to hour and a half, rolling her onto her back. I'd also have to stay with her for a while to make sure she wouldn't instantly roll back. Needless to say, I was not happy the next morning.
I try to give her plenty of floor time so that she can figure out this whole rolling situation, but it honestly seems as if she has no interest in rolling back. She's so happy to be on her belly, that she's fine just staying there. I've tried doing the thing where you dangle a toy in the direction you want them to roll towards, but she'll start bending her legs and lunging forward almost as if she's trying to CRAWL. She's five and a half months old... I'm not sure I want to encourage crawling just yet. So, what to do? I was reading some forum where this woman experiencing the same dilemma wrote in. One mom responded saying that she had the exact problem and that at six months, her daughter learned to sit up and no longer had any desire to practice rolling onto her back. Consequently, this continued to interrupt her sleep for another two months. Um, how bad would that suck?