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Crawling and Sleep Regression

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yesterday she hadn't completely perfected crawling. Even this morning she slithered around the toy-scattered floor of the 6-9 month baby classroom. But this evening she finally got her hands and knees synchronized in a classic crawl. What was the motivation? A garbage can with a plastic liner that makes pretty crackling noises. Hubby said she crawled to it over and over every time he picked her up and put her back down on the other side of the room. Then later I witnessed her wiggly little crawl as she crawled toward me crying, with a not-so-cute facial expression.

Along with her learning how to crawl came more sleep issues. I don't know if they are related, but our teachers in the parent/baby classes always say "regression in the face of progression". Not only has she stopped sleeping through the night for the past 3 months, but for the past month, she has had a hard time sleeping in her crib and has ended up in our bed most nights. In fact, sometimes she can't sleep unless she is cheek-to-cheek with me.

Yes, I do love falling asleep cuddling my baby, but at the same time, we do need our bed back to ourselves. We're finding little "tricks" to get her to sleep independently again. Simple things, like just standing up and rocking her for several minutes before putting her down in her Pack-and-Play (which is currently in our room). That actually works about 7 out of 10 times. The goal is to eventually get her back into her crib in her own room again. And I would love it if she could sleep through the night again.

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